I thought I'd open a thread for anyone who has an interest in Tropical Cyclones.it's currently system number 6. There is also a high probability of another system just north east of Madagascar.
During the past few hours, the tropical depression has intensified into a moderate tropical storm and at 2000 hours, it has been named 'FUNANI' by the Mauritius Meteorological Services.
At 2200 hours, moderate tropical storm 'FUNANI' was centered in latitude 16.1 degrees South and longtitude 64.3 degrees East. It continues to move in a general south-westerly direction at about 12 km/h.
There are indications that 'FUNANI' will recurve towards the south-east by tomorrow morning. This change in trajectory is likely to bring the centre closer to a tiny island called Rodrigues. Outer cloud bands associated with 'Funani' have started to cross the island giving some showers. The weather at Rodrigues will continue to deteriorate significantly as from now on.