Cyclone Kenneth Could Be the Second Damaging Storm To Hit Mozambique In Over a Month
Tanzanian authorities have also warned those living along the southern coast to move to safer ground ahead of the storm.
Just shortly after Mozambique was ravaged with the devastating Cyclone Idai in March, the country has been warned of another destructive storm that's heading their way very soon.
#CycloneKenneth is heading for northern Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province and will make landfall on Thursday eveni… https://t.co/7Fr9WiBVwE— eNCAWeather (@eNCAWeather)1556106627.0
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Cyclone Kenneth is the next powerful storm that's expected to make landfall on Tanzania's southern coast and in northern Mozambique by Thursday afternoon, Reuters reports. The storm is also expected to hit Comoros Wednesday evening, where authorities have shut down airports and schools for at least 24 hours as a safety measure.
The storm's strength is equivalent to a category three hurricane, with winds expecting to reach 194 kilometers per hour with winds up to 240 kilometers per hour. Flooding with an accumulation of 350 to over 600 millimeters of rain will hit the city of Quiterajo in the Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique.
Tanzanian authorities have warned those living in the southern coastal regions of Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma to move to safer ground ahead of the storm, BBC adds.
If Kenneth lands in these parts of Mozambique, Comoros and Tanzania with its expected strength, it will be the strongest storm to hit the region in recorded history, Reuters adds.
Mozambique is still recovering from the aftermath of Idai, where the two-landfall storm left more than 1,000 dead and millions in need of aid. Revisit how you can help here.