Bejisa (Southern Indian Ocean)

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The MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Bejisa off the coast of Madagascar on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:45 UTC (1:15 am EST).
Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Tropical Cyclone 06S quickly intensified within seven hours into named cyclone Bejisa on December 29, 2013. Reports had the cyclone moving erradically at first and then the cyclone was to intensify to about 75 knots. Currently Benjisa is located

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This image from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center shows Tropical Cyclone Bejisa taken by EUMETSAT off the coast of Madagascar.
Image Credit: EUMETSAT

620 nautical miles north northwest of La Reunion and has tracked southward at 5 knots over the past six hours. Maximum sustained winds currenlty are between 60 and 75 knots which is comparable to a tropical storm.
Maximum significant wave height is 15 feet.

Favorable upper level environment in addition to warm sea surface temperature will promote further intensification of the storm. It is expected that Benjisa will peak at 90 knots giving it comparable strength to a hurricane.
Benjisa will be at that strength upon passing near La Reunion and Mauritius on 3 January. Increasing vertical wind shear and westerly winds will then begin to weaken the system.

Text credit: Lynn Jenner
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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