As of Tuesday morning, EST, Gillian has weakened below tropical cyclone status with maximum sustained winds around 30 mph. The disorganized circulation is still moving slowly to the south over the Cape York Peninsula. Although it appears unlikely that redevelopment will occur at this time, the forecast calls for the cluster of thunderstorms to drift to the southwest over the next couple of days, moving back over the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria. There is still a small window of time where Gillian may try to reorganize into a tropical cyclone. Regardless of its classification, it will bring locally heavy downpours to northwestern parts of Queensland over the next couple of days; localized flooding can occur.
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Lusi is spinning near Vanuatu, poised to begin to strengthen as it heads mainly towards the south. As of Tuesday morning, the center of Lusi (18P) is centered just east-northeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu. Lusi has top sustained winds of 60 mph and movement is now to the southeast at around 3 mph.
Lusi will continue to move to the southeast away from Vanuatu through Wednesday, then a turn to the south is expected. Strengthening is forecast, possibly to hurricane equivalent status. Late in the week, Lusi will bear down on northern North Island, New Zealand, while undergoing transition to an extra-tropical storm. Northern New Zealand could be subject to flooding rain and damaging winds on Friday night and Saturday, EST.
The third storm, Hadi, has weakened substantially into a tropical low. This disturbance is not expected to redevelop at this time, and no impacts are expected on land over the next few days.
By AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.