Tropical Cyclone Dineo hits Mozambique with high winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge

Tropical Cyclone Dineo hit the Inhambane province of Mozambique on Wednesday 15 February, with high winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge.

It is the, first cyclone to hit the province of Inhambane since Favio caused destruction in February 2007. In 2008, intense tropical cyclone Jokwe made landfall higher up the coast of Mozambique.

Apocalyptical!

Dineo, the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall near the town of Inhambane, Mozambique at around 1630 GMT.

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Tropical Cyclone Dineo hit Mozambique on February 15 2017

And the storm suddenly envelopped over Maputo:

Wind gusts of up to 180 km/h were reported in affected coastal areas.

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According to WMO, sainfall may exceed 150mm in 24 hours, both in coastal areas, but also well inland.

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Giant waves produced by the tropical cyclone Dineo!

Storm surge will be 2-3 meters n the Bay of Inhambane, which is a popular tourist destination.

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The water front has also been destroyed by Dineo in Mozambique

But it will coincide with high tide to produce very hazardous waves and storm surge.

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Dineo’s High winds cut the power in coastal areas

After landfall, Dineo weakened but still had the potential to bring heavy rainfall to parts of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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