New cyclone may hit Mozambique

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 24 April 2019

Residents of Mozambique are still trying to recover after the devastating Cyclone Idai that hit the country last month before moving inland into Zimbabwe.

Now, a weather warning has been issued about a new tropical storm in the Indian Ocean heading for northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. There is concern that the storm may develop into a cyclone, which has already been dubbed Cyclone Kenneth by Meteo France, the French national meteorological service.

The International Federation of the Red Cross has said that ‘Red Cross teams are preparing on the ground.’

The tropical storm is expected to hit the Comors and Madagascar today, and Accuweather has issued a warning that there could be flash flooding in Madagascar in the areas around Ambanja, Antisiranana, Andapa, and Antalaha. Travel disruption can be expected. Downpours could bring 25-50 mm of water or more over short periods.

‘Seas will also build along Madagascar’s northern coastline into Wednesday, resulting in dangerous conditions for bathers and small-craft operators.’

According to both the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Meteo France, the storm should reach the coast of Mozambique and Tanzania by late Thursday, with wind speeds topping 200kph.

Image credit: EUMETSAT

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