Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cyclone Dora

From NASA:

As forecast, Tropical Cyclone Dora is gaining strength, but remains nearly stationary in the Indian Ocean.

At 4:00 a.m. EST (0900 UTC) on Tue., Jan. 30, Dora was located near 12.8 degrees south latitude and 65.2 degrees east longitude, or about 750 miles northeast of Le Reunion, and was drifting to the south-southwest. Maximum sustained winds were near 55 knots (63 mph), with gusts to 70 knots (81 mph). Wave heights near the center of the storm were estimated at 26 feet.

Forecasters expect the cyclone to steadily intensify over the next 36 hours as wind shear (changing wind speed and direction with height) remains relatively light and storm outflow improves. Dora will likely reach its maximum intensity by early Thurs., Feb. 1, with sustained winds possibly reaching 90 knots (104 mph). Movement will continue toward the south-southwest, with a potential increase in forward speed.

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