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Bad weather halts MH370 search (wan)
RAAF ground crew staff walk from the apron after working on a P3 Orion aircraft at RAAF Base Pearce. Picture: Getty Images

The search for debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean has been suspended due to bad weather.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says HMAS Success has left the search area because of rough seas.

It will head south until the seas - with waves up to two metres and a swell up to four metres - abate.

The search area is also forecast to experience strong gale force winds of up to 80km/h, periods of heavy rain, and low cloud with a ceiling between 200 and 500 feet, AMSA said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

"AMSA has undertaken a risk assessment and determined that the current weather conditions would make any air and sea search activities hazardous and pose a risk to crew," it said.

"Therefore, AMSA has suspended all sea and air search operations for today due to these weather conditions."

The West Australian

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