GELANE Still a Major Hurricane, May Turn Deadly
Tropical Cyclone GELANE, having reached sustained wind speeds of about 235 km/hr, is now a Cat. 4A Hurricane force on the FEWW New Hurricane Scale with sustained winds of about 218 km/he (117.5 kt) and wind gusts of up to 260 km/hr (140 kt).
The Cyclone could track west moving toward Madagascar with the islands of Mauritius and Réunion still in crosshairs.
Tropical Cyclone GELANE (TC 16S) Details
- Date/Time: 20 February 2010 – 01:00 UTC
- Position: Near 18.5ºS, 61.5ºE
- Sustained Movement: 200 degrees
- Forward speed: 13 km/hr ( 7 kt)
- The system has been tracking SSW.
Current Wind Distribution:
- Maximum Sustained winds: 218 km/hr (117.5 kt)
- Maximum Gusts: ~ 260 km/hr (~ 140kt)
- GELANE is currently a Cat. 4A Hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale
Wave Height and Location:
- Maximum significant wave height: ~ 10m (30 ft)
- Location: TC GELANE was located about ~ 685km (~ 370 NM) NORTHEAST (246.3 degrees) of Saint-Denis, Réunion, and about 455 km EAST-NORTHEAST (245.5 degrees) of Port Louis, Mauritius.
- Sources: CIMSS, JTWC and Others
See also: UW- CIMSS Cyclone Portal
GELANE Satellite Image – Meto France.
The MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite caught an impressive visible image of Gelane on February 19 at 09:45 UTC (4:45 a.m. ET) that clearly showed the eye of this Category 4 cyclone. Credit: NASA MODIS Rapid Response Team. Click Image to Enlarge!
The AIRS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured Gelane on Feb. 19 at 4:41 a.m. ET (09:41UTC). Even Gelane’s eye is visible in this infrared image, and it’s surrounded by very high, powerful thunderstorms with cloud tops as cold as -63F. Credit: NASA/JPL, Ed Olsen. Click Image to Enlarge!
- CYCLONE GELANE: AVOID ME IF YOU CAN
- Cyclone GELANE UPDATE 2 (Feb 19)
- Cyclone GELANE (TC 16S) UPDATE 1 (Feb 18)
- Cyclone GELANE (TC 16S)
- FEWW New Hurricane Scale