Tropical Cyclone Asma (01S) moves towards Madagascar – October 20th, 2008
As of 9:00P.M. GMT, Tropical Storm Asma was located about 1380km (857mi) north-northeast of La Reunion in the southern Indian Ocean, reported the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
It is moving southwest at 15km/h (9mph), with maximum sustained winds of 65km/h (40mph) and higher gusts of up to 83km/h (52mph). It is expected to intensify slowly due to decreased vertical wind shear, although low ocean temperatures should prevent it from intensifying aggressively. The storm’s maximum significant wave height is 5.2m (17 ft). At the moment, the only threatened land mass is Madagascar.