Tropical Cyclone 09S (Fanele) Hits Land
Tropical Cyclone 09S (Fanele), located approximately 200 nautical miles southwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar, has tracked southeastward at 6 knots over the past 6 hours.
Animated multispectral imagery shows the low level circulation center has made landfall into southern Madagascar, causing heavy rains and flooding, and its convective bands have shrunk.
Upper level analysis indicates TC09S remains in an area of low vertical wind shear; however, interaction with the land mass will rapidly erode the system before it exits into the South Indian Ocean after TAU 24.
The cyclone, marked by a red cross in the image, is tracking along a southwestern protrusion of the subtropical ridge. TC08S (Eric), on the other hand, visible on the lower left, has weakened and moved out to sea.
TC09S is expected to weaken rapidly over land and also as it moves over water into an area of high vertical wind shear. The system will then speed up and become extratropical by TAU48.