Tropical Cyclone Clovis strikes Madagascar
Tropical Cyclone Clovis struck Madagascar about 7 p.m. EST Tue., Jan 2 (0000 UTC Wed., Jan. 3) with maximum sustained winds around 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph). Wind gusts at landfall may have been considerably higher. There were no immediate reports of major damage.
At 4 a.m. EST (0900 UTC) on Wed., Jan. 3, Tropical Cyclone Clovis was about 135 miles southeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, with movement toward the west at 5 knots (6 mph). Maximum sustained winds were still near 65 knots (75 mph) with gusts to 80 knots (92 mph).
An area of high pressure to the southeast of Madagascar will help track Clovis further inland by midday Wed., Jan. 3; rapidly weakening as it interacts with high terrain and wind shear (changing wind speed and direction with height).
By Thurs., Jan. 4, the remnants of Clovis will emerge back into the Indian Ocean off Madagascar's southeast coast and may re-intensify.