Tropical Storm Irina Makes Multiple Landfalls Over Madagascar – March 1st, 201214.6S 45.0E
On February 22, an area of disturbed weather formed in the South-West Indian Ocean. The system steadily strengthened into a low pressure area, favorable conditions and with great convection wrapping around a circulation center allowed the system to strengthen into a tropical depression on February 25.
On February 26, RSMC La Reunion upgraded the system to Moderate Tropical Storm Irina as it continued to intensify. However, Irina made landfall on Northern Madagascar a few hours later and weakened into an overland depression. Early on February 28, Irina emerged off the western coast of Madagascar, and began to reorganize. Shortly afterwards, Irina made landfall a second time on Madagascar, this time at Northwest Madagascar. Afterwards, Irina emerged into the Indian Ocean again, and slowly began to reorganize. However, for the next few days, Irina was unable to regain Moderate Tropical Storm status, due to poor organization.