Cyclone Idai has developed over the Mozambique Channel in the last 24 hours and threatens to deliver serious issues to Madagascar and Mozambique this week. However, the storm has already proven to be deadly before it even formed, with the precursor disturbance now responsible for 28 deaths and 124 injuries, according to Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs. They also estimate almost a quarter of a million people to have been affected across the country. Little is known about the system’s impacts in Mozambique and Madagascar by this point.
Cyclone Idai itself is likely to continue strengthening, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center predicts the storm to reach Category 4 status on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with winds of 130mph (210km/h) sustained. The storm could make landfall in central Mozambique near this intensity on Thursday or Friday.
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