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From Twitter to Reddit: how and where to follow Tropical Cyclone Idai online
Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai is now just a few hours away from slamming into the eastern coastline of Mozambique.
While we’ve been covering the storm with daily updates over here, we’re not meteorologists, nor are we on the ground in Mozambique. But we know some people who are.
Thanks to modern technology and social media, you can track the developing story that is Cyclone Idai through the various sources below.
We’ve found two Twitter users who are located in Mozambique tweeting about the conditions, namely Duarte Gouveia and Ben VW.
Bloemfontein-based StormReportSA is also publishing videos and images from its “correspondents” living in Mozambique.
South African eNCA journalist Dasen Thathiah is covering the story from the ground alongside the South African rescue teams on their way to Mozambique.
Additionally, Marc Nosbach, Mozambique’s director of CARE International, has also been regularly tweeting about the storm.
A list of other excellent Twitter sources can be found here.
Kobus Botha Weather is known for publishing detailed satellite and computer models of Southern Africa’s weather systems. There’s a key focus on Idai on its Facebook page at present.
Additionally, the beach lodge of Cashew Bay is located just south of where Idai is expected to make landfall.
Jen Croder is an Instagram user currently in Mozambique.
Additionally, Justin Jahme, a fisherman from Zimbabwe living in the east African country is also documenting the storm from Beira.
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Don't have good news on Cyclone Idai, current winds sustained for 10mins are 210km and hour. They expect this to drop to 195km an hour when it hits land.. which is most likely beira at the moment according to 90% of the models. Biggest threat to first 50km of land from beach is wind and storm surge…followed by floods which are higher in land. But i suppose it goes downhill. Biggest rainfall expected is currently 1000mm in chimanimani in zim. The eye of the storm is currently 45 miles across. But storm is currently moving very slowly- 5mph making land fall predictions in terms of place and time difficult. They expect it to pick up speed though. Problem is data available is always a few hours behind and it takes time to run the data through the various models. We can only hope for a better forecast tomorrow morning. Currently storm is CAT 4. So it is morning and storm is now CAT 3… just hope the house holds out 😂 but boats have been moved further inland. #idai #cyclone #hurricane #storm #wind #rain #flooding #holdtight #holdmybeer #blowing #beira #mozambique #staysafe
Currently, users are geotagging their photographs and videos around Beira, Mozambique.
Additionally, the hashtag #idai also features some footage of the incoming cyclone.
As for subreddits, r/TropicalWeather is the place to follow warm core storms across the globe.
The current sticky post is focused on details related to Cyclone Idai, with imagery listed from a number of international sources.
Idai (18S – Mozambique Channel) from r/TropicalWeather
On other global sources
- Ventusky, a source we’ve used to cover impending storms bearing down on Cape Town in the past, is an excellent resource for visual representations of Idai.
- South African Weather Service’s media releases.
- AccuWeather blog.
- Wunderground blog.
- Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.
- Mozambique’s meteorological institute.
This is a growing list, so ensure you bookmark this page and check back in for updates.
Feature image: screenshot, Ventusky