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Cyclone Gelane Churns the Indian Ocean February 19, 2010
The clockwise spin of Cyclone Gelane can be seen well to the east of Madagascar on Thursday afternoon.
Tropical Cyclone Gelane formed from an area of disturbed weather swirling over the western Indian Ocean on Tuesday.

The storm eventually gained Category 3 strength while passing between Mauritius and Rodrigues Island, mainly as a threat to maritime traffic.

But outer bands of the storm were predicted to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to Mauritius and neighboring Reunion late in the week as the core remained well off the coasts of both islands.

Gelane was predicted to eventually dissipate over the cooler waters to the south.

Cyclone Gelane Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS