Forecasters in Mozambique kept a wary eye on Tropical Cyclone Funso as it made its way down the country's coast on Jan. 26, 2012. The first major cyclone of 2012, Funso reached wind speeds of 120 knots (220 km/h or 140 mph), equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of Cyclone Funso on Jan. 26 at 1:10 p.m. local time. The storm was somewhere between a Category 3 and Category 2 storm at the time, with winds between 100 and 95 knots (185–175 km/h or 115–110 mph). The storm had a larger, looser eye than in the previous days, but maintained a compact spiral shape. The left of the image is north, with Mozambique being at the bottom of the image and Madagascar at the top.
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