Tropical Cyclone Kenanga intensified into the equivalent of a major hurricane on Tuesday. At 10:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday the center of Tropical Cyclone Kenanga was located at latitude 15.9°S and longitude 82.6°E which put it about 920 miles (1485 km) southeast of Diego Garcia. Kenanga was moving toward the southwest at 7 m.p.h. (11 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 130 m.p.h. (215 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 160 m.p.h. (260 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 944 mb.
Tropical Cyclone Kenanga intensified quickly into the equivalent of a major hurricane on Tuesday. A large circular eye with a diameter of 50 miles (80 km) formed at the center of circulation. A ring of strong thunderstorms surrounded the eye and the strongest winds were occurring in that ring of storms. Bands of showers and thunderstorms were revolving around the core of Tropical Cyclone Kenanga. Storms around the core of Kenanga were generating upper level divergence which was pumping mass away to the west and north of the tropical cyclone. Winds to hurricane/typhoon force extended out about 60 miles (95 km) from the center of circulation. Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 200 miles (320 km) from the center.
Tropical Cyclone Kenanga may be near its peak intensity. Kenanga is over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 28°C, but it will start to move over slightly cooler water during the next day or two. Tropical Cyclone Kenanga is in an area where the upper level winds are weak and there is little vertical wind shear. However, Kenanga will move closer to upper level westerly winds in the middle latitudes later this week and the vertical wind shear will increase. Tropical Cyclone Kenanga could maintain its intensity or weaken slowly during the next day or so. Kenanga could weaken more quickly later this week.
Tropical Cyclone Kenanga will move south of a subtropical ridge over the South Indian Ocean. The ridge will continue to steer Kenanga toward the southwest. On its anticipated track Tropical Cyclone Kenanga will pass well to the south of Diego Garcia.
Elsewhere over the South Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclone 07S developed north-northeast of Mauritius. At 10:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday the center of Tropical Cyclone 07S was located at latitude 10.9°S and longitude 60.8°E which put it about 690 miles (1115 km) north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. It was moving toward the south-southwest at 3 m.p.h. (5 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 998 mb