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Tropical Cyclone Idai The storm threatens to cause more fatalities and destruction in an area where 1.6 million people live. (Image: Screenshot from The Weather Channel video)

Tropical Cyclone Idai bore down on Mozambique’s coast as it prepared to make landfall for a second time since causing flooding in southern Africa last week that killed at least 60 people.

Idai is equivalent to a Category 3 storm on the Saffir–Simpson scale, packing wind gusts of up to 144 miles per hour, and is forecast to arrive onshore later on Thursday near the port city of Beira, Mozambique’s fourth-biggest metropolis. If it maintains that strength, it would be the worst storm in at least a decade to strike the country, according to Jennifer M. Fitchett, a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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