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Fears of a "worst case scenario" were narrowly avoided in Madagascar as Tropical Cyclone Hellen made landfall Monday, having weakened rapidly just before landfall after undergoing a period of equally rapid intensification over the weekend. Infrared satellite image of Hellen over the Mozambique Channel between Mozambique (left) and Madagascar (lower right) near its peak intensity Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hellen intensified at an extraordinary rate over the Mozambique Channel as it drifted south-southeast over the weekend toward the northwestern coast of Madagascar, an island nation in the southwestern Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.