Cyclonic activity in the southern hemisphere has deserted the southwest Indian Ocean, to focus on the Australian region. Two systems are currently being followed. First, we have the ex tropical cyclone Esther which formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria and which is now evolving over northern territory. This system continues to be closely monitored, insofar as the system continues to be well defined and has a significant re-intensification potential when it emerges over the Indian Ocean side this weekend.
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The other activity in progress concerns tropical cyclone Ferdinand, which evolves off the west coast of Australia. The system takes advantage of favorable environmental conditions to intensify. The intensity peak could be reached over the next 24 hours to 36 hours. Ferdinand seems to have the potential to reach the equivalent intensity of a category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Fortunately, this dangerous cyclone will not affect any inhabited land.