(Bloomberg) -- Madagascar, the world’s biggest vanillaproducer, is being struck by the most intense tropical cyclone tomake landfall on the Indian Ocean island nation in 13 years,according to commercial forecaster Weather Underground.

The storm reached category-four status before reaching thenortheastern coastline about 11 a.m. local time. That’s thesecond-most severe storm classification, which can see winds of 130-156 miles (209-251 kilometers)per hour. Rainfall could exceed 16 inches (406 millimeters) in manyparts of the island during Enawo, as the southern hemisphere’sstrongest cyclone this year is called, according to WeatherUnderground, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

'Worrisome amounts of rain'


Models “have shown some very worrisome amounts of rain falling onheavily populated regions of Madagascar,” said Jeff Masters,Weather Underground’s co-founder. “Enawo has the potential to be atop-five most damaging storm in the island’s history.”

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