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Tropical Cyclone Marcus reached Category 5 intensity late Wednesday (U.S. time) northwest of Australia. It was the Earth’s strongest tropical cyclone since Hurricane Maria six months ago. Tropical cyclone season in the Southern Hemisphere runs from November through April. So there will be maybe maybe some more!
Tropical Cyclone #Marcus has intensified and now has max winds of 160 mph, making it the first Category 5 tropical cyclone of the 2017/18 Southern Hemisphere tropical cyclone season. pic.twitter.com/AHWc5TGMI8
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) 22 mars 2018
Powerful Tropical Cyclone Marcus was churning in the southeastern Indian Ocean, off the northwest coast of Australia, late Wednesday (U.S. time) with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, equivalent in strength to a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
A close-up of tropical cyclone #Marcus west of #Australia, Earth’s first Category 5 storm of 2018. The powerful storm has weakened slightly but is still packing sustained winds near 145 mph. More satellite imagery: https://t.co/mbgRYot60A pic.twitter.com/70CA3Satvi
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) 22 mars 2018
That made it the strongest tropical cyclone on Earth since last September, when Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated parts of the Windward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
— Met Office Storms (@metofficestorms) 21 mars 2018
Marcus is forecast to steadily weaken as it turns to the southwest, then south, and finally southeast toward Perth, Australia, by this weekend. However, it will pose minimal threat to the continent, weakening before it gets there.
The next video illustrates Marcus’s strengthening through the day Wednesday (U.S. time) from Category 4 to Category 5 status:
— Dan Lindsey (@DanLindsey77) March 21, 2018
Tropical cyclone season in the Southern Hemisphere runs from November through April, although tropical cyclones can form in any month of the year. As shown in the next Tweet there are probably more to come! Get ready!
— Met Office Storms (@metofficestorms) 23 mars 2018