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Offline ClaireAnderson

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Tropical Cyclone Fantala
« on: April 20, 2016, 02:08:05 AM »
Tropical cyclone Fantala has reduced significantly in its intensity. It is now a category 2 storm with wind speed of 100 mph. It is further likely to reduce in intensity in the coming 24 hours.
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Re: Tropical Cyclone Fantala
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2016, 03:34:30 AM »
That's one confused storm. It doesn't seem to know where to go. The Tropical Cyclone Tracker shows flipped around again and heading towards land (N/W) while current satellite images show it heading back out to sea (S/E).
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Re: Tropical Cyclone Fantala
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2016, 05:35:36 AM »
Another little tidbit about Cyclone Fantala.

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In October 2015, the Northeast Pacific Ocean produced its most potent hurricane on record: Patricia. In February 2016, Cyclone Winston pounded Fiji as the strongest storm in the Southwest Pacfic. Now the Indian Ocean has a new record-breaker.

In a year with one of the strongest El Niños ever observed and the hottest air temperatures on record, Cyclone Fantala just became the most potent cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean. (Note: Reliable records only date back to 1990.) From April 15 to 18, the storm hovered between category 4 and 5 while drifting northeast of Madagascar.

Wind speeds reached an estimated 150 knots (170 miles or 280 kilometers per hour) on April 18, as reported by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. That record was set just a few hours before the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a natural-color image (above) of Fantala at 1:25 p.m. local time (10:25 Universal Time) on April 18, 2016.

Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=87898&src=nhrss

BTW Claire, I just downloaded your app.  Very nice!
« Last Edit: April 20, 2016, 05:53:26 AM by Harryca »

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Re: Tropical Cyclone Fantala
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2016, 06:23:00 AM »
Since it's hanging around for so long in that area maybe it'll churn up some more evidence on the Malaysia Airlines 370 mystery.

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Re: Tropical Cyclone Fantala
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2016, 06:17:21 AM »
@Harryca Nice to know that. Let me know your feedback.

As far as Cyclone Fantala is concerned, it has now become the most powerful storm on record in the Indian Ocean.
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Re: Tropical Cyclone Fantala
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2016, 06:30:45 PM »
It's really weird how this cyclone is behaving.  I've seen them before in the Eastern Pacific just wondering around for days like they didn't know where to go, but this one takes the cake.  It has hit the Farquhar Island not once but, twice and causing a lot of damage.

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Seychelles authorities declare Farquhar islands disaster areas after Cyclone Fantala hits twice

(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles government on Wednesday declared a group of southerly outer islands lashed hard by the intense tropical cyclone Fantala as disaster areas.

Significant damages were reported on Farquhar island Monday after Fantala made landfall Sunday evening with winds up to 350km/h. Only four cyclone-proof facilities on the island -- which lies more than 700 kilometers south of the Seychelles main island, Mahe --survived the storm.

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Fantala struck twice

The powerful tropical cyclone struck Farquhar a second time on Tuesday, Glenny Savy, the Chief Executive of the Island Development Company (IDC), told a news conference on Wednesday.

“Luckily the intensity was a bit less the second time, but [Farquhar] still experienced strong winds from 9pm to up to around three-four o'clock in the morning,” said Savy.

- See more at: http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/5017/Seychelles+authorities+declare+Farquhar+islands+disaster+areas+after+Cyclone+Fantala+hits+twice
« Last Edit: April 22, 2016, 06:34:51 PM by Harryca »