Cyclone Kenneth fast approaching Mozambique’s coastline

Cyclone Kenneth is expected to move over land as an intense tropical cyclone, equivalent to a category 3 hurricane. This means that wind speeds up to 185km/h are possible at the time of landfall. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Just before the official end to the 2018/2019 tropical cyclone season for the southwestern Indian Ocean and exactly 6 weeks after intense tropical cyclone Idai made landfall, another intense tropical cyclone is heading for Mozambique’s coastline.

This time the cyclone will impact the northernmost parts of the country, and the entire Cabo Delgado province.

Kenneth is expected to move over land as an intense tropical cyclone, equivalent to a category 3 hurricane. This means that wind speeds of up to 185km/h are possible at the time of landfall.

Kenneth will make landfall during the early evening hours of Thursday, whereafter it will weaken substantially overnight. From Friday till Monday the overland depression will continue to produce copious amounts of rainfall.

Kenneth will make landfall during the early evening hours of Thursday, whereafter it will weaken substantially overnight.

Kenneth will make landfall during the early evening hours of Thursday, whereafter it will weaken substantially overnight.

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During the course of 4 days rainfall accumulation forecasts indicate that Pemba, the capital city of Cabo Delgado province, could receive close to 500 mm of rain. Further inland between the second largest city of the province, Montepuez, and Pemba on the coast, rainfall amounts will approach 1000mm by Monday afternoon.

READ: Heavy rain expected as Cyclone Kenneth approaches Mozambique

The most deadly side effect of a tropical cyclone, the storm surge, is a sea level rise caused by the cyclone’s extremely low pressure over the ocean.

The height of the storm surge is measured above and beyond the normal sea level rises associated with tidal changes.

The Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) of La Reunion, who is responsible for the forecasts of tropical cyclones in the Mozambique channel, forecasts a storm surge between 3 and 5m for the areas to the south of the eye. Considering that the eye of Kenneth is forecast to pass 100-150km to the north of Pemba, the port city and surrounding coastal areas will face the dangerous storm surge tonight, which will push vast amounts of ocean water into Pemba Bay and further inland.

The majority of the Cabo Delgado province is at a major risk of large-scale flooding as a result of torrential rains and the coastal storm surge.

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Kenneth is expected to move over land as an intense tropical cyclone, equivalent to a category 3 hurricane.

Kenneth is expected to move over land as an intense tropical cyclone, equivalent to a category 3 hurricane.

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