Ambali sets new record in Southern Hemisphere: The most rapid intensification in 24 hours since 1980
Tropical Cyclone Ambali has intensified by a whopping 115 mph (185 km/h) in the past 24 hours. According to Philip Klotzbach, who is a Meteorologist at CSU specializing in Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts, it’s the most rapid intensification in a 24-hour period by a Southern Hemisphere named storm on record (since 1980), breaking the old record set by Ernie in 2017: 110 mph (177 km/h) in 24 hours.
The only Northern Hemisphere named storm to intensify more in a 24-hour period in the satellite era (since 1966) was Patricia (2015) in the eastern North Pacific: 120 mph (193 km/h) in 24 hours.
The Atlantic 24-hour rapid intensification record in the satellite era (since 1966) is Wilma in 2005 (110 mph in 24 hours).
At 2:00 a.m. UTC, Ambali was equivalent of Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 mph (249 km/h). Track the path of Tropical Cyclone Ambali with Windy Hurricane Tracker at www.windy.com/hurricanes