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Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Newly formed Tropical Cyclone Ava is expected to bring life-threatening impacts to Madagascar later this week.
The first tropical cyclone of the season has formed in the southwestern Indian Ocean with winds equal to a tropical storm in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans. Called Tropical Cyclone Ava, it is expected to strengthen in the southwestern Indian Ocean basin.
The tropical cyclone is causing widespread unsettled weather from northern Madagascar to the islands of Reunion and Mauritius and will continue to gain strength and become better organized through midweek as it tracks westward.
espite the cyclone remaining offshore until at least Thursday, an influx of tropical moisture ahead of its arrival will bring daily downpours to northern Madagascar.
These daily downpours will bring the risk for localized flooding; however, they will also set the stage for a more dangerous scenario when the cyclone arrives and brings widespread heavy rainfall on top of already saturated ground.
Conditions will deteriorate rapidly across northeastern Madagascar later this week as the cyclone approaches and could make landfall.
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather