Tropical Cyclone Glenda Forms South of Diego Garcia

A low level circulation consolidated quickly in a large area of thunderstorms over the south central Indian Ocean and the system was classified as Tropical Cyclone Glenda.  At 11:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday the center of Tropical Cyclone Glenda was located at latitude 17.3°S and longitude 69.8°E which put it about 670 miles south of Diego Garcia and about 1040 miles east-northeast of La Reunion.  Glenda was moving toward the west-southwest at 10 m.p.h.  The maximum sustained wind speed was 65 m.p.h. and there were gusts to 75 m.p.h.  The minimum surface pressure was 982 mb.

Glenda is over warm Sea Surface Temperatures and it has well developed upper level outflow.  The outflow is pumping out mass and the pressure has been decreasing steadily.  Glenda is like to remain in a favorable environment for another 48 hours.  It will likely reach hurricane intensity on Wednesday and it could become the equivalent of a major hurricane on Thursday.

Glenda is being steered to the west-southwest by a subtropical ridge located southeast of it.  This motion is likely to continue for another 24 to 36 hours.  When it approaches the western end of the ridge, it will turn more toward the south.  The projected track keeps Glenda well south of Diego Garcia and has it turning southward well to the east of La Reunion.  As a result, Glenda poses no current threat to any land area.