Several warnings have begun circulating on the internet as yet another potentially deadly storm is approaching the Mozambique coast.
The storm threatens to carry torrential rain and winds up to 140km/h to the Mozambique coast, and is expected to make landfall by tonight.
Cyclone Kenneth could become the first hurricane-strength cyclone strike Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado in recorded history.
The cyclone has already caused three deaths in the Comoros as it makes its way to Mozambique. According to AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski:
“A flooding disaster can unfold in Cabo Delgado with widespread rainfall totals in excess of 250 mm (10 inches) with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 1,000 mm (40 inches).”
Alerts have shown up on various sites and social media, urging residents of Pemba, Mecufi, Pangane, Mocojo, Lucete, Pangula and all the surrounding areas to be on high alert.
Unfortunately, the worst case scenario is being realized with TC #Kenneth as rapid intensification continues. Winds now up to 125 knots with a textbook appearance on infrared and microwave imagery. Landfall in northern #Mozambique within the next 6hrs. pic.twitter.com/k9zjheJq2M
— Philippe Papin (@pppapin) April 25, 2019
Residents should heed warnings of evacuations; these are already in progress to prevent loss of life.
“This is truly a life-threatening situation as the hardest-hit areas will be put underwater,” Pydynowski warned. “Those needing to be rescued may only be able to be reached by boat or helicopters.”
Kenneth’s path will mostly affect areas that missed out on the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai in March. This will only further burden rescue services and humanitarian efforts in the country, which are already struggling to cope with the fallout from Idai.
While the winds will slow after the cyclone interacts with the land, there will be substantial rainfall that could cause severe flooding and mudslides.
Watch: Cyclone Kenneth
— Cídia Chissungo (@Cidiachissungo) April 25, 2019