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Severe Tropical Storm Jade

Severe tropical storm (MFR)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHS)
Duration April 3 – April 10
Peak intensity 110 km/h (70 mph) 975 mbar (hPa)

On April 4, an area of disturbed weather formed northeast of La Reunion. JTWC reported the disturbance's chance of forming into a tropical cyclone as "good" and issued Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert, and RSMC La Reunion began designating the system as Zone of Disturbed Weather 12. Later that day, JTWC upgraded the system to Tropical Cyclone 26S. Early next day, the disturbance intensified into Tropical Depression 12 as predicted by RSMC La Reunion. Later on that afternoon, RSMC La Reunion upgraded the tropical depression to a moderate tropical storm, naming it Jade. Later that evening, Jade was upgraded to a severe tropical storm. Jade made landfall near Antalaha, Madagascar between 06:00 am – 08:00 am UTC on April 6 and weakened to a moderate tropical storm. Soon after, Jade weakened to an overland depression. On April 7, Jade exited the coast of Madagascar. However, later that day, Jade reintensified into a moderate tropical storm. Then, on April 8, Jade was again upgraded to a severe tropical storm by La Reunion. The storm became nearly stationary southeast of Madagascar later that day. It became extratropical soon afterwards but was quite powerful reaching a central air pressure of 958 milibars.

Heavy rains from the cyclone in northern Madagascar caused a home to collapse, killing three people. At least 800 others were left homeless due to the storm in northern Madagascar. Five other people were killed in a mudslide near Mananjary and another 3,320 were left homeless. A ninth person was killed on April 9 during a landslide in Nosy Varika. In all, Jade killed 15 people and left 22,900 others homeless throughout Madagascar.

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