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Weather Experts Monitor Tropical Cyclone Batsirai

Media reports in Mauritius indicate that an intense Tropical Cyclone is brewing in the Indian Ocean, about 5 000km east of the island.

Weather experts are currently monitoring moderate Tropical Storm Batsirai which has intensified to a Tropical Cyclone and may reach Mauritius in February.

The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) on Thursday said it will continue monitoring the situation and advising members of the public. It said:

The current system being monitored, Tropical Cyclone Batsirai, is still 5 000 kilometres to the east of the country and may only reach Mauritius in February.

We are still in the main rain season as well as the South-West Indian Ocean Cyclone season, thus, more rainfall is anticipated.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression ANA has dissipated, with rainfall of below 50mm recorded across the country on Wednesday. The MSD said:

Out of the rain that occurred [on Wednesday] (as Tropical Depression ANA eased off), all amounts were below 50mm, with the highest being 47mm (Binga), 43mm (Mukandi), 40mm (Lupane), 33mm (Chisumbanje), 29mm (Buffalo Range), 26mm (Mutare), 27mm (Chinhoyi), 27mm (Joshua Nkomo Airport), 26mm (Gokwe) and 25mm (Hwange).

Meanwhile, a relatively moist north-easterly airflow is entering the Zimbabwean air-space.

More: The Herald

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