A tropical cyclone that forecasters expected to briefly flare to hurricane strength, then diminish has instead steadily gained strength.
Tropical Cyclone Pancho gained Category 2 strength on the Saffir-Simpson scale yesterday, and overnight grew to the cusp of Category 3 strength, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Still, Tropical Cyclone Pancho is not expected to menace the West coast of Australia. It is expected to come no closer than about 250 miles to Carnarvon.
Currently packing winds of 109 mph, it is expected to lose strength today and tomorrow, according to the latest forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
The Southern Hemisphere summer, and its hurricane season, is coming to an end. Hurricanes are called tropical cyclones in this part of the world, and typhoons in other parts. Australia also uses a different numbered scale to measure hurricane strength.
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