Massive tropical storm heading towards Mozambique


A powerful tropical cyclone could hit Mozambique by the end of the week, says the South African Weather Service (SAWS).

Tropical Cyclone Idai has developed in strength and is forecast to make landfall by Saturday, March 16.

Idai is expected to produce about triple the amount of rain that fell during the devastating October 2018 Gauteng storms.

SAWS said that it was in communication with Mozambican authorities through its national joint operations centre (NATJOC).

Data from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA) showed a strong storm system over the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique and west of Madagascar.

According to, the cyclone will travel in a southerly direction and weaken substantially by Friday when peak wind speed is expected to drop to 70km/h.

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