On March 19, 2009, Tropical Cyclone Ilsa hit Category 3 storm strength, with winds of 100 knots, but the storm was headed west, away from land, into the southern Indian Ocean. This image of the storm was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.
This image shows Category 3-strength Tropical Cyclone Ilsa on March 19, 2009.