Tropical Storms Dingani & Freddy: Zimbabwe Is Safe For Now – Met Department

The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) says the country is safe for now from tropical storms Dingani and Freddy which are currently thousands of kilometres away from the continent.

The two tropical storms are evolving and intensifying about 4 600km away in the Indian Ocean.

MSD agro-meteorologist and long-range forecaster Benjamin Kwenda on Friday told The Herald that the two tropical storms currently pose no direct threat to Zimbabwe. He said:

Zimbabwe is still safe for now. The cyclones are still very, very far away. There is no need to mention them as yet.

We are monitoring developments in the Indian Ocean basin to see if there is anything that could possibly affect us.

Presently, there is nothing that could be a cause for concern.

Cyclone Dingani was formed on 28 January and was moving towards Mauritius and Reunion, some islands on the Indian Ocean.

As of 10 February, the tropical storm, with a maximum speed of 110km/h was located 2106 km east-southeast of Diego Garcia, which is more than 4626km away from Zimbabwe.

Cyclone Dingani was travelling at a speed of 85 km/ hr and was expected to change its speed to 100 km by 11 February, according to experts.

Tropical Cyclone Freddy was formed on 03 February near the north-western coast of Australia and was heading towards African Islands, and moving at a wind speed of 95km/hr.

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