The Kenya Meteorological Department has released a report indicating that sme parts of Kenya will feel the impact of Cyclone Kenneth. The impact however, is expected to be in form of very strong rain and not winds as has been in other parts of the world.
In the statement, the following areas were mentioned as key regions that will have the impact felt; Isiolo, Samburu, Western Kenya and Nairobi.
Tanzania & Mozambique
Cyclone Kenneth, a devastating strong wind, is expected to sweep through parts of Tanzania and Mozambique as well.
The coast region
However, the weather forecast body has alleviated fears that the cyclone may hit the Kenyan Coast. “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.”Read the statement in part.
The Meteorological Department said the current rains are expected to ease the biting drought in dry areas. “There is likelihood of the heavy rainfall between 25th -30th April 2019 in parts of Isiolo, Samburu, Narok, Kajiado, Trans Nzoia and Nairobi counties which may cause flooding in some parts of the low –lying areas in these counties.” said the department in a statement.
Yesterday, Accuweather warned that the cyclone would sweep southern parts of Indian Ocean stretching from Tanzania all the way to Mozambique.
“Landfall of Kenneth could occur as early as midday Thursday near the border of Tanzania and Mozambique. If Kenneth tracks slower and has more time to strengthen, landfall may not occur until Thursday night,” read the Accuweather report.
Smack Indian oceam
The French national meteorological service, French Meteo, on Tuesday rated Cyclone Kenneth as a moderate tropical storm.The new cyclone is set to smack the Indian Ocean. This will be just a month after Cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe killing over 1,002, injuring 2,513 people and displacing several others.