Forecasters project that the storm will strike northeast Madagascar at about 9:00 a.m. local time (06:00 UTC) on March 16, 2018, with sustained winds reaching up to 83 kilometers (52 miles) per hour. On March 15, Eliakim was moving west-southwest at about 13 kilometers (8 miles) per hour. During the past 24 hours, a band of strong convection wrapped around the circulation center, which increased the storm’s intensity.
After making landfall, Eliakim will likely continue west-southwest until gradually shifting to the southeast. The weakened storm will then move back over the sea.
- The Watchers (2018, March 15) Tropical Cyclone “Eliakim” to make landfall over NE Madagascar. Accessed March 15, 2018.
- Thomas Reuters Foundation (2018, March 15) Tropical storm Eliakim is forecast to strike Madagascar at about 06:00 GMT on 16 March. Accessed March 15, 2018.
- Weather Underground (2018, March 15) Tropical Cyclone Eliakim. Accessed March 15, 2018.
NASA Earth Observatory image and caption by Asher Ward, using MODIS data from NASA Worldview.
- Terra - MODIS