Very intense Tropical cyclone Hellen radically intensified over the weekend, Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Hellen (Southwest Indian Ocean) radically intensified over the weekend and reached wind speeds of up to 232 km/h (144 mph) and wind gusts up to 278 km/h (172 mph). GDACS is calling red alert for Madagascar – this tropical cyclone is expected to have a high humanitarian impact based on the storm strength and the affected population in the past and forecasted path.

Up to 250 000 people people are affected by wind speeds of cyclone strength or above. In addition, 9 200 people people are living in coastal areas below 5 meters and can therefore be affected by storm surge.​

According to a bulletin issued by the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) at La Reunion at 01:08 UTC today: “…storm surge could reach…