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Just weeks after Tropical Cyclone Idai lashed Mozambique’s eastern seaboard and interior, Cyclone Kenneth is bearing down on the country’s northern region and southern Tanzania.
While Idai was a beast, Kenneth is shaping up to be lot stronger, fiercer and possibly as wet as Idai. Currently churning away in the Mozambique Channel, moving WSW at 15km/h, it’s set to make landfall tonight in northern Mozambique, near Pemba.
According to the South African Weather Service, Kenneth is now a Category 4-equivalent storm with peak winds of 215km/h.
Latest on Tropical Cyclone Kenneth (Category 4):
– Sustained winds of 215km/h
– Moving WSW at 15 km/h
– Expected to make landfall in vicinity of Quiterajo in north-eastern Mozambique this evening.#CycloneKenneth #Kenneth #Cyclone #Mozambique pic.twitter.com/EV5R0aMm0K
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) April 25, 2019
Satellite loops are even scarier than stills.
#CycloneKenneth nears the coast of #Mozambique at the moment at a severe equivalent category 4 hurricane! 1 meter of rain expected with damaging winds and, a 5 meter storm surge! Catastrophic flooding expected! #SevereWeather #extremeweather #Flood pic.twitter.com/b55kSCY6UG
— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) April 25, 2019
While intense #cycloneKenneth will weaken after making landfall, it will continue to produce huge amounts of rain over the Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.
Up to 500mm possible in a 4 day period for the province capital, Pemba & the second largest city; Montepuez. #eNCA pic.twitter.com/0SkJn9hkrL
— eNCAWeather (@eNCAWeather) April 25, 2019
Tropical Airmass RGB Composite Satellite Image of #CycloneKenneth with a well defined eye, this severe storm is expected to make landfall in Northern #Mozambique this evening. Our thought and prayers are with the people of Mozambique. #cyclone pic.twitter.com/qWQc1kFxxx
— 🌩️SA Weather 🇿🇦 SAWX (@sawx_sa_weather) April 25, 2019
According to AccuWeather, Kenneth is set to become the first Indian Ocean storm to strike northern Mozambique with the equivalent strength of a hurricane.
Feature image: Cyclone Kenneth on 24 April 2019, by NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)