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Tropical Cyclones Fanele and Eric
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Tropical Cyclones Fanele and Eric

January 26, 2009
Madagascar, an island nation off the eastern coast of Africa, was hit by two Tropical Cyclones within days of each other. Today's image, captured by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite, shows what both storms looked like on January 19, 2009.

Fanele is the larger storm on the left, in the Mozambique Channel, between mainland Africa and Madagascar. Eric, a much smaller and weaker storm, is is further north than Fanele and on the opposite coast of the island. It looks like a loose swirl of clouds with an eye. Eric reportedly killed at least one person and left nearly a thousand homeless. Two days later, Fanele brought winds of nearly 130 miles per hour and heavy rains.