14 Feb '12, 6pm

Tropical Cyclone Giovanna slams Madagascar: image taken earlier today by our Terra satellite.

Tropical Cyclone Giovanna slams Madagascar: image taken earlier today by our Terra satellite.

Tropical Cyclone Giovanna came ashore in eastern Madagascar as a powerful storm, ripping roofs off houses, downing trees, and cutting power to the capital city of Antananarivo, news reports said. At least one person had been killed. As predicted, the storm weakened after making landfall. By the afternoon of February 14, 2012, wind speeds had dropped to 35 knots (65 kilometers per hour), according to the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). This was down from 125 knots (230 kilometers per hour) the day before. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on February 14, 2012. Having made landfall, the storm appears less organized than it did the previous day, but storm clouds almost completely hide the island of Madagascar. Consistent with earlier predictions, the JTWC forecast that Giovann...

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