Kenya won’t be hit by Cyclone Kenneth – Met. department says


Kenya won't be hit by Cyclone Kenneth - Met. department says

The Kenya Meteorological Department has refuted reports claiming that Cyclone Kenneth — a type of strong spiraling wind that can cause landfall — may hit the Kenyan Coast.

However, according to the Met. department, parts of Nairobi, Isiolo, Western Kenya and Samburu will experience cyclone effects in form of enhanced rainfall.

The weatherman says by the laws of physics, cyclones cannot come very close to the equator.

“It is FALSE that cyclone Kenneth will hit the Kenyan Coast. By the laws of physics, Cyclones cannot come this close to the equator. Landfall will be northern Mozambique as shown in the satellite image,” said the weatherman in a tweet.

Weather reports indicate that Cyclone Kenneth may strengthen as it heads towards the East African Coast near the border between Northern Mozambique and Tanzania.

Mozambique’s National airline LAM has since suspended flights between the capital Maputo and Pemba on the northeast coast due to Cyclone Kenneth.

In Tanzania, reports indicate that residents of Mtwara region have began leaving the area due to fears of landfall.

The storm comes as Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to recover from last month’s devastating Cyclone Idai which left over 1,000 people dead.

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