Tropical Cyclone "Haliba" affecting portions of the Mascarene Islands

Tropical Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone "Haliba" formed in the southern Indian Ocean and is affecting portions of the Mascarene Islands (mainly Reunion Island). Inhabitants of this area should monitor the progress of this system, RSMC La Reunion said.

Haliba is currently a Moderate tropical storm with central pressure of 994 hPa. Its maximum average (10 minute) wind speed at 06:00 UTC today was 74 km/h (46 mph).

At 09:00 UTC today, Haliba was located approximately 157 km (97 miles) west of La Reunion.

Tropical Cyclone "Haliba" on March 9, 2015. Image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS

According to RSMC La Reunion, the system is expected to continue to track south-eastwards. It should slow down on Wednesday when the remnants of ex-tropical depression 11 are expected to merge with the circulation.

The system should resume its southeastwards track with an ongoing extra-tropical process on Thursday.

Satellite animations

Featured image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS

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