Tropical Cyclone Eunice Reaches Category 5 Status
Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Eunice at Category 5 intensity on Jan. 30, 2015 at 4:50 a.m. EST. (Navy/NRL)
It may be winter in the northern hemisphere, but Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Eunice is churning south of the equator as January wraps up.
Eunice, first classified as a tropical storm Tuesday Jan. 27 about 1200 miles east of Madagascar in the southern Indian Ocean, exploded from a tropical storm with winds estimated at 60 mph Tuesday evening (U.S. EST) to Category 5 intensity, with maximum winds of 160 mph just 48 hours later,
according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. This is an impressive rate of rapid intensification.
Courtesy of The Weather Channel