Japhet hit northern Mozambique last week and is the second cyclone to devastate the southern African country this year.
An official from the meteorological office said forecasts indicated the cyclone could fizzle out before reaching Mozambique.
Heavy rain and high winds, sometimes of destructive strength, can be experienced along the coast within several hundred kilometres of the centre of a cyclone .
Orissa was recently devastated by the deadliest cyclone of the century causing death and destruction on an unheard of scale.
A cyclone in Bangladesh during 1991 caused 150,000 deaths.
During one trip to Mauritius I endured both a cyclone and a tropical storm in the space of a week, and saw enough rain to last me a lifetime.
Hundreds fled to storm shelters in the remote northern Cook Islands yesterday as the fourth cyclone in a month lashed the South Pacific nation.
The immediate cause of the famine is the drought in the southern part of the island and the cyclone that hit the east this year.
A cyclone tore into India's southeastern coast yesterday, killing 11 people, officials said.
When splitting occurs, a cyclonically rotating updraft propagates to the right of the mean wind, while an anticyclonically rotating one moves to the left.