Pemba is 13 degrees South, and thus, in theory, inside the cyclone belt. Mayotte Island 300 miles away on the same latitude has recently had several mild cyclone hits (at the 50 knot level). Pemba, however, being on the mainland, and on the edge of the Southern Indian ocean cyclone belt, seems to be immune. None of those I spoke to had any awareness of having experienced a cyclone, notwithstanding that the Indian ocean cyclone track map indicates a hit by a minor cyclone in November 2002. There have, however, been some fierce winds from the North, but not at cyclone strength.

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