TC Emerude developing rapidly over Southern Indian Ocean

Meteosat 7 image

Tropical Cyclone Emerude over the southern Indian Ocean about 768 NM ESE of Diego Garcia and was moving WNW at about 5 knots with max winds at 0900UTC 16 March of 55 knots.  Low vertical wind shear and warm sea temperatures suggest that Emerude could reach wind speeds of 100 knots or more within 24-36 hours as the system stalls then starts to move back towards the east.

JTWC forecast Track

JTWC forecast Track

About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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