Severe Tropical Cyclone Fiona

2 - 14 February 2003


A tropical low developed east of Christmas Island and was declared Tropical Cyclone Fiona on 5 February. Favourable environmental conditions allowed the system to reach category 3 strength on 7 February as it moved westwards passing to the south of Christmas Island. Fiona peaked in intensity at category 4 at 0600 UTC on 9 February, about 460 km (250 nm) south-southeast of Cocos Islands. The system turned sharply to the south-southeast on 11 February, before weakening below cyclone intensity late the following day.

Although warnings for possible gale-force winds were issued for Christmas Island for 7 February when Fiona passed within 210 km (115 nm) south of the Island, Fiona did not affect any island communities or cause any known damage.

For more details see the TC Fiona Report (pdf)

Track and intensity

All times in WST - subract 8 hours to convert to UTC.

Best Track of Severe Tropical Cyclone Fiona