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Tropical Cyclone Eric Parallels Madagascar Coast

January 19th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 08S (Eric) - January 19th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 08S (Eric) - January 19th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 08S (Eric) - enhanced image

Tropical Cyclone 08S (Eric) - enhanced image

Tropical Cyclone 08S (Eric), located approximately 185 nautical miles east-northeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, has tracked southwestward at 8 knots over the past 6 hours.

Maximum significant wave height is 11 feet.

The system has maintained an intensity of 35 knots, and interaction with land may temporarily be hindering intensification.

Eric will track southward paralleling the coast of Madagascar before turning more southeastward in response to a transitory midlatitude trough.

As 08S turns southeastward, improved poleward outflow associated with the midlatitude trough should allow for intensification.

Some forecast uncertainty does exist due to the close proximity of Tropical Cyclone 09S, which is approximately 535 nautical miles to the southwest in the Mozambique Channel.

The presence of TC09S is not expected to cause a deviation in the poleward track for TC08S, however, it could have some effect on the track speed.

source JTWC

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