Tropical Cyclone Uriah

Western Australian Regional Office

Track of Tropical Cyclone Uriah

Tropical Cyclone Uriah was the second tropical cyclone of the 2015/16 season in the Western Region. Uriah was first identified as a tropical low in an active monsoon trough on 9 February and initially the low was slow moving in a weak steering flow. On 12 February, when the low was located about 240 kilometres to the north northeast of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, it began to move to the southeast closer to the Islands. Conditions weren't favourable for development and the low remained weak.

The low passed about 100 kilometres to the northwest of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands during the early hours of 13 February and the Islands experienced a period of strong to near gale force winds. As the low moved further west away from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands conditions became more favourable for development and Tropical Cyclone Uriah formed at 8 pm AWST 13 February. Uriah was steered consistently towards the southwest and reached category 2 intensity at 8 am AWST 14 February. At 8 pm AWST 14 February responsibility for issuing warnings for Uriah was handed to the La Reunion Meteorological Agency as the cyclone crossed 90°E and moved out of the Western Region.

There was some minor damage experienced on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as the system passed by, road erosion due to rainfall and some fallen trees.

**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:2
Maximum sustained wind speed:95 km/h
Maximum wind gust:130 km/h
Lowest central pressure:982 hPa