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Madagascar to face life-threatening impacts from tropical cyclone Enawo

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Enawo will remain a dangerous tropical cyclone as it lashes Madagascar, posing a severe risk to lives and property through midweek.

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Enawo made landfall between Farahalana and Antalaha late on Tuesday morning local time as an intense tropical cyclone with winds equal to that of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans.

"Northern Madagascar will experience damaging winds and heavy rainfall into Wednesday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.

Even though significant weakening is expected as the cyclone moves farther inland, the provinces of Antsiranana and Toamasina will remain at risk for life-threatening flooding rain and destructive wind gusts in excess of 160 km/h (100 mph) into Wednesday.

Residents of Sambava, Antalaha, Andapa and Ambalabe could face days to even weeks without power or other utilities as streets become littered with downed trees and branches.

Flooding could wash out roadways across the region, potentially isolating some communities.

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