A rare tropical cyclone is approaching one of Africa's most populated cities
April 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A rare tropical cyclone is approaching Tanzania and could become the first cyclone to make landfall in the nation in modern records.
(CNN)A rare tropical cyclone is approaching Tanzania and could become the first cyclone to make landfall in the nation in modern records.
Tropical Cyclone Jobo, located near Madagascar in the South Indian Ocean, is currently equivalent to a strong tropical storm with winds just shy of 100 kph (62 mph).
However, the rarity of a tropical system affecting Tanzania is worth noting.
Land falling cyclones are almost unheard of in Tanzania due to its close proximity to the equator, where the Coriolis force -- what causes the storm to rotate -- is weaker.
Records show only two other tropical cyclones have ever made it to the shores of Tanzania since the 19th century: the "Zanzibar Cyclone" of 1872 and Cyclone Lindi of 1952.
A weaker Tropical Cyclone Jobo is a welcome sight compared to the stronger predecessors, but the area in the potential impact zone remains one of the most populous on the continent.
Nearly 200 mm of rainfall, or a month's worth, is expected this weekend along the Tanzanian coast as Jobo makes landfall.
In 2019, we saw a surge of tropical activity in the region as Cyclones Idai and Kenneth battered neighboring Mozambique on back-to-back months.
On average, tropical cyclones affect Mozambique once per decade, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller, and only four have ever made landfall with category 3 equivalent or stronger winds since 1950.