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Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) Continues to Intensify

February 6th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) - February 6th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael) - February 6th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 13S (Gael), located approximately 170 nautical miles north of La Reunion, has tracked westward at 10 knots over the past 6 hours, and is approaching Madagascar (left).

Animated infrared satellite imagery depicts tightly-curved banding with a banding eye and overall significant improvement in organization over the past 12 hours.

The system has a tightly-wrapped low-level circulation center (LLCC) with multiple convective bands wrapping into a microwave eye feature.

The current intensity is based on an anverage of Dvorak estimates ranging from 65 to 77 knots.

Maximum significant wave height is 21 feet.

source JTWC

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