Tropical Cyclone Emeraude, seen using the VIIRS instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite.
Tropical Cyclone Emeraude is currently located approximately 817 miles east-southeast of Diego Garcia in the Southern Indian Ocean. It is expected to remain quasi-stationary, or seemingly not moving, for the next 6 to 12 hours before beginning a turn to the south-southeast. The storm currently poses no threat to life or property.
In the past few hours, the storm has undergone a period of very rapid intensification with max sustained winds currently peaking at 125 knots (nearly 144 mph) with gusts approaching 150 knots (173 mph). Over the next 24 hours, further slow intensification is forecast with max sustained winds possibly reaching 135 knots (155 mph).
See the latest storm forecast and information athttp://www.usno.navy.mil/