2019’s sure been a year. For South Africa, that means extreme highs and depressing lows, but one things for sure, the country didn’t stop…
Tropical Cyclone Idai is currently posing a massive risk for the population of Mozambique as it slowly swirls its way towards the country’s eastern coastline.
At last count by MeteoFrance, the storm has sustained winds of just under 150km/h radiating some 56km from its core.
To put this storm’s power into perspective, meteorologists and weather enthusiasts have taken to Twitter with animations, stills, and satellite imagery of the storm.
These are the latest:
Intense tropical cyclone #Idai's latest track shows the storm slowly moving westward towards #Mozambique. Idai is expected to make landfall on Thursday evening as a category 3 storm just north of #Beira with winds of 180 km/h. More updates on #eNCA DStv channel 403. #CycloneIdai pic.twitter.com/KEJaqiWHYw— eNCAWeather (@eNCAWeather) March 13, 2019
Tropical Cyclones can be monitored through their aerosol signature, as sea salt is "sprayed" by wind gusts— Copernicus EU (@CopernicusEU) March 13, 2019
Here is #Idai as seen by #Sentinel5P 🇪🇺🛰 yesterday
It is forecast to make landfall in the Sofala Province of Mozambique on 14 March with max sustained winds of 200-210 km/h pic.twitter.com/tNswbYQUKl
TC #Idai is tracking toward the WSW and likely strikes #Mozambique near #Beira Thursday night. Dangerous storm surge near & S of landfall with destructive winds and flooding rains across C Mozambique Thursday and Friday. Rain can persist into Saturday. pic.twitter.com/5i5TcmBbBT— Jason Nicholls (@jnmet) March 13, 2019
⛅️VIDEO FORECAST FOR TODAY AND THURSDAY🌩️— AfricaWeather (@AfricaWeather_) March 13, 2019
– Cyclone #Idai can be seen in the top right of the video & is expected to make landfall during Thursday with the strongest winds on the western & southern flank🌀. @landbou @ReenvalSA @AgriSAOfficial @WMO @StormReportSA1 pic.twitter.com/mgo0tx5heu
Dawn reveals #Cyclone #IDAI crossing #Mozambique Channel. Winds 95 knots. Some dry air wrapped into it, giving it that cinnamon-roll look. (Hungry yet?) It could pass close to port city of Beira (pop. ~534K) late tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/bVeX9PyvPa— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) March 13, 2019
Tropical Cyclone Idai is set to make landfall in Mozambique on Thursday, and will likely bring torrential rain and damaging winds to the African country.
For those in Mozambique and surrounds, follow the latest public advisories issued by the country’s national meteorological institute here.
Feature image: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)