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Tropical Cyclone Ava moves towards Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Ava moves towards Madagascar
From Al Jazeera - January 3, 2018

Heavy rain has started to pound Madagascar as Tropical Cyclone Ava moves towards the island.

In the far north, Antisiranana reported 43mm of rain in 24 hours up to 06:00 GMT on Wednesday, while the eastern island of Nosy Boraha received 59mm.

On the neighbouring island nation of La Reunion, the capital Saint-Denis was drenched by 50mm of rain.

Despite the downpours, the centre of the storm remained approximately 250km off the east coast of Madagascar.

It is moving west very slowly at 13 kilometres an hour. As it does so, it is attempting to strengthen.

Over the past few hours, Cyclone Ava has become more organised and the convection has intensified.

The conditions remain favourable for development, with sea surface temperatures of 28-29C, and the winds throughout the atmosphere being of a similar strength.

While the storm is predicted to strengthen, its track is more difficult to determine.

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