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Cyclone Edzani Spares Islands of the Indian Ocean January 15, 2010
The clockwise circulation of Cyclone Edzani can be seen swirling southward over the central Indian Ocean.
Tropical Cyclone Edzani churned the open waters of the central Indian Ocean for several days, far from any land areas.

The storm reached Category 4 strength but was a threat only to shipping lanes in the region.

Winds of up to 155 mph were generating waves almost as high as a three-story building on January 9 when Edzani was centered about 600 miles south-southeast of Diego Garcia.

Such a storm would have inflicted considerable damage had it struck an island or a populated coastal area.

Cyclone Edzani Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS