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Madagascar on High Alert for Cyclone Batsirai's Winds, Rain

A woman fights Gale force winds in the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius Wednesday Feb. 2, 2022. Forecasts say Tropical Cyclone Batsirai is increasing in intensity and is expected to pass north of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius on Wednesday evening and make landfall in central Madagascar on Saturday afternoon.The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System says Batsirai has been upgraded and classified as Category 4.(Beekash Roopun/L'express Maurice via AP)
A woman fights Gale force winds in the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius Wednesday Feb. 2, 2022. Forecasts say Tropical Cyclone Batsirai is increasing in intensity and is expected to pass north of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius on Wednesday evening and make landfall in central Madagascar on Saturday afternoon.The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System says Batsirai has been upgraded and classified as Category 4.(Beekash Roopun/L'express Maurice via AP)

Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP) -- Madagascar has put six of its regions on high alert as tropical Cyclone Batsirai is forecast to hit the Indian Ocean island's east coast Saturday with intense winds of 195 kilometers (121 miles) per hour, according to the Department of Meteorology.

Residents across the island are stocking up on groceries and securing their homes as much as possible before the storm lands.