Severe Tropical Cyclone Savannah

Western Australian Regional Office

Track of Tropical Cyclone Savannah

On the 8th of March, a tropical low was identified approximately 970 kilometres east of Christmas Island. The low moved general towards the west and didn't develop. On the 11th and 12th of March, the low moved towards the northwest before developing and commencing a southwest track on the 13th of March. The low strengthened and Tropical Cyclone Advices were issued for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands commencing at 1:20pm CCT (Cocos Island Time) 13 March. Following further intensification, the low became Tropical Cyclone Savannah during the afternoon of 14 March when it was about 110 kilometres west of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Strong to gale force winds were experienced on the islands with a peak gust of 80 kilometres per hour recorded at 0405 CCT 14 March. Vegetation damage and minor property damage were reported.

Tropical Cyclone Advices were cancelled at 1:20pm CCT 14 March when Savannah was 110 kilometres to the west of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Savannah intensified into a category 2 system early on the 15th of March and then into a category 3 severe tropical cyclone early on the 16th of March whilst maintaining a general southwest track.

On the 16th and 17th of March, Savannah tracked more towards the west southwest and developed further into a category 4 severe tropical cyclone during the 17th of March.

Savannah crossed into La Reunion's area of responsibility (west of 90E) early on the 18th of March as a category 4 severe tropical cyclone.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Savannah was the fifth tropical cyclone in the Australian region for the 2018/19 season.

**All information relating to intensity and track is preliminary information based on operational estimates and subject to change following post analysis.**

Extreme values during cyclone event (estimated)
Note that these values may be changed on the receipt of later information
Maximum Category: 4
Maximum sustained wind speed: 175 km/h
Maximum wind gust: 250 km/h
Lowest central pressure: 951 hPa