Cyclone Hidaya Leaves Behind a Trail of Destruction

Source: SSEC News & CIMMS Satelites

Kenyan coast will not feel the impact of the cyclone as earlier anticipated..” Kenya MET Dept Director David Gikungu.

Cyclone Hidaya was formed on May 1st over the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar, Comoros, and Mayotte France. By May 3rd it had moved approximately 500KM South East of Daresalam, Tanzania. It has maximum speeds of between 137 kph and a minimum of 75 kph.

The whole coastline of the Indian Ocean is on high alert and business and relaxation activities have been suspended to reduce the impact of destruction on lives and livelihoods. So far no casualties have been reported.

Cyclone Hidaya highlights

  • Waves over 2 metres
  • Heavy rainfall and strong stormy winds experienced
  • Kilifi, Marsabit, Lamu, and Mombasa counties are to experience wind gusts of 12.9mps between Tuesday 30th to May 6th.
  • Tanzania provinces of Mtwara, Lindi, Pwani Tanga, and Daressalam are most affected.
  • Quarrying, construction, flights, beach hotels, and ocean water sports are suspended.

The Elnino weather is usually characterized by changes in climate with more-than-usual rainfall and increased heat leading to drought in some parts of the world.

The current floods have killed more than 500 citizens in the East African region. Both governments in coordination with agencies like the Red Cross are focused on mitigation and rescue activities to avert any further disasters.

School opening dates are still unknown until further notice.