Tropical Cyclone Fantala has morphed into a powerful Category 4 on the Saffir Simpson Scale storm east of Madagascar. On Friday 15 April, the storm was approximately 700 km offshore from Madagascar and during Saturday, the storm was moving west at 7 knots or approximately 13 km/h.
It is currently sustaining winds of 130 knots (Approximately 241 km/h) with stronger gusts of 160 knots (Approximately 296 km/h) near the core.
Given its location, forecasters would be watching this storm with great interest and any landfall onto Madagascar would be significant.
The CIMSS forecast model suggests uncertainty of its forecast track within the next two days and it is suggested that the storm will approach the north east coast of the country then cease its west / north west path. The model suggests the storm may track south east back out to sea and away from the country.
CIMSS (Infra red image and forecast track).
NASA Worldview (Image of Fantala) dated 15/4/2016.