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Intense Tropical Cyclone Haruna (16S) Strikes Madagascar – February 22nd, 2013

23.4S 42.1E

February 22nd, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone Haruna (16S) – February 21st, 2013

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Track of Tropical Cyclone Haruna (16S) - February 21st, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 16S

Intense Tropical Cyclone Haruna (16S)  struck Madagascar at about 18:00 GMT on 21 February. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall was near 22.2 S, 42.4 E. Haruna brought 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 185 km/h (114 mph). Wind gusts in the area may have been considerably higher.

According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Haruna’s strength (category 3) at landfall includes: storm surge generally 2.7-3.7 metres (9-12 feet) above normal, some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures, damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down, mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed, low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the centre of the storm, flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering from floating debris, terrain continuously lower than 1.5 metres (5 feet) above mean sea level may be flooded inland 13 km (8 miles) or more, and evacuation of low-lying residences within several blocks of the shoreline may be required. There is also the potential for flooding further inland due to heavy rain.

Tropical Depression Claudette Moves Inland to Alabama, Weakens

30.7N 85W

August 18th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression Claudette - August 17th, 2009

Tropical Depression Claudette - August 17th, 2009

Tropical Storm Claudette (04L) made landfall on the Florida coast near Fort Walton Beach early Monday, making it the first to hit the U.S. mainland this year. Later it weakened to a tropical depression as it traveled over the Florida panhandle into Alabama.

Claudette’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph, but it’s expected to weaken as it moves over land. Forecasters say rainfall of up to 6 inches is expected, with isolated areas getting up to 10 inches.

Some power outages, damage to buildings, road closings and flooding occurred in areas in Florida, Alabama and North Carolina. However, as Claudette moves inland it is not expected to cause significant flooding or wind damage.