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Feb 22, 2007
Powerful tropical cyclone Favio, with winds of up to 230 km per hour (144 mph), surged ashore in southern Mozambique this morning, uprooting trees, knocking over electric pylons and raising fears of new floods. Cyclone Favio is the STRONGEST TO HIT the southern African country. It's magnitude is stronger than that of the Cyclone Eline in 2000, the previous worst to hit Mozambique. Favio is heading towards the Zambezi River valley where it is likely to worsen floods which have already killed some 40 people and driven 120,000 from their homes. Now rated a category four storm, Cyclone Favio hit the tourist town of Vilanculos early today, destroying a number of houses built of flimsy material. Mozambique's cyclone early warning system said a storm of Favio's magnitude could bring widespread destruction of homes, buildings and industrial structures including power grids, as well as crops and trees. Officials said the problems could multiply in the coming days as Favio dumps its rains in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, further swelling tributaries which feed the already-flooded Zambezi.