Overnight Sunday into Monday, Invest 91P / Tropical Depression 13F was upgraded to Tropical Cyclone Keni to the East of Vanuatu. The system remains on track to impact Fiji over the next 72hrs. Above image via NOAA
During the overnight hours of Sunday into Monday, the Fiji Meteorological Service upgraded what was Invest 91P or under their terminology Tropical Depression 13F into Tropical Cyclone Keni. The system developed a little slower than what models were hinting at, but thats a good thing. The system also received an unexpected name (from the outside) as it was expected to be named Kala, however due to a name swap which sometimes occurs in the South West Pacific, the system received Keni instead.
Keni is expected to be a fast moving system once it gets going. Global models remain confident on the system reaching Category 2 strength during Tuesday morning as it barrels East and South East towards Fiji. The system was originally expected to track South of Fiji and over the Kadavu Islands however models have since pushed it fractionally further South now which is better news for Viti Levu and the other main islands of Fiji as the impacts are expected to be lesser now… but also for those unprotected Islands South of Fiji, as while there is still some destructive impacts expected, they should be slightly less now (any news is good news, right?)