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Tropical Cyclone Dumazile

Posted On: March 5, 2018 - By: Barbra Lashbrook

A tropical cyclone has been present in the Indian Ocean, the past few days. Yesterday, on 4 March 2018, tropical cyclone Dumazile skirted along the coasts of Madagascar and La Reunion bringing high winds, heavy rain and storm surge along the way. To persons that are not familiar, Madagascar is located on the southeast side of Africa, a remote island, embedded in the western Indian Ocean.

A Day/Night Band (DNB) image below shows the location of Dumazile, just east of Madagascar at 2137Z , 4 March 2018 (0037Z, 5 March 2018, local time). The nighttime satellite image, highlights the tight-circulation, the cloud convected tops and the large areal extent of Dumazile. Convected cloud tops are indicative of heavy precipitation.  As of early this morning, 5 March 2018, Dumazile had maximum sustained winds of 120+ miles per hour (mph) and is forecasted to move south, southeast (i.e. away from Madagascar) at approximately 13 mph, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

For more information on Dumazile, click on the following web-link.

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