Tropical Cyclone Jade has swept ashore over northeastern Madagascar. The storm landed from the Indian Ocean early on Monday morning over the Masoala Peninsula south of Antalaha. At the time, Jade packed highest sustained winds of near 75 mph, or that of a minimal hurricane. Highest rainfall near the storm's direct path was likely 10 to 15 inches.

Following landfall, Jade weakened steadily as its made its way towards the southwest. And movement towards the south and southwest was forecast to persist through at least Wednesday. Such a path would favor continued excessive rain near Jade's center over the eastern side of Madagascar.

Any return to sea east of Madagascar within the next two to three days could bring about a redevelopment of Jade with renewed serious impact to the eastern side of the island.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews