On May 9th, Tropical Cyclone Ella was a tropical storm located about 150 nautical miles west-southwest of Pago-Pago. As of 11:00 AM EDT, Ella’s maximum sustained winds are at 52 mph (45 knots). According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Ella will be moving into an environment that is favorable for further development with warm sea surface temperatures and low vertical wind shear. Due to Tropical Cyclone Donna’s location being to the west, Tropical Cyclone Ella’s outflow is being restrained; making it difficult for the storm to strengthen. Tropical Cyclone Ella is not expected to strengthen to hurricane force as it is supposed to weaken as it approaches Fiji in three days. Tropical Cyclone Ella is the nineteenth storm to form in the Southern Pacific Ocean as of May 9th. The picture above was taken from NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite of Tropical Cyclone Ella located northeast of the island of Fiji. To read the full discussion from NASA, click the link!
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ⓒ Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell