DISCUSSION: As of late Sunday evening, Cyclone Donna has now strengthened to a Category 4 equivalent tropical cyclone as it continues moving off to the south with passing time. As a result, several smaller islands across southern sections of Oceania continue to remain to be in the cross-hairs of this dangerously strong tropical cyclone. The only sliver of good news in all of this is the fact that as this tropical cyclone continues to move south with time, the amount of warmer sea-surface temperatures will quickly begin to decrease. This will help to eliminate any conducive fuel sources for tropical cyclone intensity maintenance and/or further intensification. Thus, although the situation remains to be concerning at this time across several islands within Oceania, this storm is expected to weaken somewhat before reaching any reasonably populated islands. Hence, the overall impacts from this powerful tropical cyclone should be lessened somewhat as compared to if it made landfall while at it's current intensity.
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