Sunday, 31 December 2006

Hurricane warning - 31 December 2006

The last hurricane update for 2006, as the New Year looks set to spring a nasty surprise on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The east coast of the island looks set for a direct hit on Tuesday evening, with winds of 90 mph, gusting up to 125 mph. Tropical cyclone Clovis will impact Madagascar due east of the capital, Antananarivo. I reiterate my appeal for relaying this information there, as the Malagasy media are not up to date with latest developments.

Northwestern Australia is also in for an unwanted visitor later in the week; a tropical cyclone looks set to form south of Java - probably the same one that contributed to the sinking of a ferry there earlier today - and will move south. Residents there will need to monitor the BOM website closely.

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