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A Category 2 Tropical Cyclone #HEROLD continues rapidly strengthening along northeast Madagascar – expected to head towards Rodrigues island this week

A rapidly strengthening Tropical Cyclone #Herold continues to churn just off the eastern coast of Madagascar, maintaining its almost stationary position. There is a small eye becoming visible lately. Herold is packing the maximum sustained winds of 70 knots (80 mph / 130 km/h) and a central pressure of around 979 mbar. Its movement is east at less than 5 mph. Herold is expected to accelerate towards southeast tomorrow and should intensify into a Category 3 system. It will become extremely dangerous while passing very near to Rodrigues island later this week!

Satellite imagery reveal an impressive rapidly intensifying tropical cyclone, rotating almost stationary along northeast Madagascar. A burst of deep convective rain bands is visible, organizing while the cyclone is deepening. A small eye is appearing!


Graphics by: Windy.com


Graphics by: Windy.com




Advanced Dvorak Technique (ADT) analysis estimates these bursts of intense convection nicely. There is 50-knot winds radii extending 35-40 miles around the center of Herold now.


Tropical Cyclone Herold will likely maintain its current position tonight, then begin accelerating towards southeast on Monday. It will track further north and east of Mauritius and is likely to pass very near the Rodrigues island with intense strength. Destructive winds and flooding are possible! Lots of rain is expected near the center of Herold as well as hurricane-force winds!



Graphics by: Windy.com


Graphics by: Windy.com


See the previous discussion and stay tuned for further updates!

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