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Cyclone Eseta    23 December to 29 December 1988

Cyclone Eseta  developed into a category 1 tropical cyclone 23 December 1988 to the south east of Vanuatu. During December 24, the system intensified further to category 2 had peaking with 10-minute sustained wind speeds of 100 km/h. A mid latitude trough over the Tasman sea steered Eseta towards the subtropics where the transition to an extratropical cyclone commenced around Christmas day

 

By 27 December, Eseta was a strong extratropical cyclone in the subtropics but started to weaken as it appraoched the Upper North Island. On 28 December, Eseta was a moderate cyclone that bought gales and heavy rain from across the Upper North Island over the next 24 hours. Cyclone Eseta caused flooding and land slip damage from 29 to 30 December.

Tropical summary

Name
Category 

Lowest pressure
Lowest land pressure

Mean Wind Speed 
Affected land

 
Eseta 
2
980 hPa
#

100 km/h (G- 140 km/h)
#
Ex-TC summary

Name
Category 

Lowest pressure
Lowest land pressure

Mean Wind Speed 
Affected upper NI

 


Eseta
#
978 hPa
994 hPa

65 km/h (G- 90 km/h)
Northland, Auckland, Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel, BOP
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