Cyclone Freddy Returns To Mozambique

Tropical Cyclone Freddy is now in Mozambique amid concerns that it may regain its intensity over the Mozambique channel before making landfall in Madagascar for a second time.

The cyclone, which had considerably weakened to a low-pressure zone by the time it reached Zimbabwe last week, made a U-turn and tracked back into Mozambique.

According to the Department of Civil Protection (DCP) deputy director in charge of response and operations, Farai Hokonya, the weather system killed 2 people and blew off several roofs in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

According to Zoom Earth, as of 2.40 PM on 1 March 2023, Freddy was still in Mozambique but inching closer to the coast, moving eastwards towards Madagascar, with sustained wind speeds of 30km/hr.

Cyclone Freddy affected Mauritius, Réunion and Madagascar, before making landfall in Mozambique on 24 February and later crossing the border into Zimbabwe.

Tropical Cyclone Freddy is one of five in known history to set a record for track length in the southern Indian Ocean, as it formed further east than the previous cyclones, reported EUMETSAT.

The cyclone developed in the Timor Sea and was reported by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) on 5 February.

During a westward journey, Tropical Cyclone Freddy underwent a few intensity changes, and at its strongest, had sustained winds of 270km/hr.

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