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In the previous article I was discussing what was then Hurricane Irene and her progression towards the East Coast of the United States. For a quick meteorological summary of Irene from that point onwards, after pounding the Bahamas where she is reported to have damaged as much as 90% of housing on one of the islands, Hurricane Irene moved towards the East Coast.…

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Slight Relief For Cape As Cold Fronts Approach
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Slight Relief For Cape As Cold Fronts Approach

The ongoing drought in the Western Cape recently saw further water restrictions being implemented, as dam levels are now at an effective 11% capacity. The drought has been made worse, as autumn has not brought the normal rainfall that the Western Cape province is used to experiencing each year.…

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Cape Braces for Autumn Storm
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Cape Braces for Autumn Storm

While it may only be late April, the eyes of Western Cape residents are fixed on a strong cold front set to make landfall on Friday 22nd. While rain had already begun to fall around the coastal areas of the province on Wednesday night, the real action is still forecast to occur on Friday afternoon.…

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Video Footage of Enawo Landfall in Madagascar
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Video Footage of Enawo Landfall in Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Enawo made landfall yesterday morning just north of Antalaha, Madagascar with winds in excess of 100kt. The storm has since weakened to 30kt, but still poses serious flood risks as it moves south through the country, and will soon be affecting larger populations in the cities near the central parts of the country.…

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100kt Enawo Set For Intense Landfall Within 12 hours
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100kt Enawo Set For Intense Landfall Within 12 hours

Tropical Cyclone Enawo underwent rapid intensification today, ramping itself up to a 100kt Intense Tropical Cyclone, with landfall almost a certainty at this point. This brings the storm into the ‘Category 4 Tropical Cyclone’ category, when using the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale format.…

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Tropical Storm Enawo Gains Strength, Takes Aim At Madagascar
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Tropical Storm Enawo Gains Strength, Takes Aim At Madagascar

Despite some struggles last night, tropical storm Enawo has maintained itself over the past 36 hours, with maximum winds currently at 45kt, and is located to the east of northern Madagascar. The storm’s satellite appearance continues to impress with a very wide circulation and impressive inflow pattern.…

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Tropical Cyclone Threat For Madagascar
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Tropical Cyclone Threat For Madagascar

Image by Mtotec We have a new named storm in the Indian Ocean, with invest 95S off the north east of Madagascar being upgraded to a Moderate Tropical Storm this morning in the 06z update from Meteo France. The storm has taken on the name Enawo, and is the 5th named storm of the season for the basin.…

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In The Wake of Dineo – And No, It’s Not Hitting JHB
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In The Wake of Dineo – And No, It’s Not Hitting JHB

Dineo made landfall on Wednesday evening near Inhambane. The storm was weaker than forecast during landfall, though still had enough power to cause moderate to severe wind damage to areas in Mozambique. Mozambique’s National Emergency Operations were quoted saying that 20 000 homes destroyed and 130 000 displaced from the storm, with that there were also 7 fatalities related to the storm at the time of publication.…

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Tropical Cyclone Dineo Moves Onto Mozambique Coast
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Tropical Cyclone Dineo Moves Onto Mozambique Coast

Dineo continued its moderate intensification over the course of the past 18 hours, since our previous update. The storm acquired tropical cyclone status in this time period, becoming Tropical Cyclone Dineo in the process. The storm underwent impressive overnight convective bursts over the center and maintained a solid satellite appearance as it moved towards Mozambique.…

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Dineo Forecast to Become Intense Tropical Cyclone
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Dineo Forecast to Become Intense Tropical Cyclone

Recent satellite imagery from the last 12 hours continues to show Tropical Storm Dineo organizing well in the Mozambique Channel. A large burst of convection took place over the center of the storm in recent hours, typical with a strengthening tropical storm, though majority of of the convection is located on the eastern portion of the storm.…

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Tropical Cyclone Formation Likely Within 24 Hours
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Tropical Cyclone Formation Likely Within 24 Hours

Yesterday we spoke about the potential for a tropical cyclone formation in the Mozambique Channel over the next few days. Over the past 18 hours the area of disturbed weather in this region has undergone significant organization, and is now an easily identifiable tropical disturbance on satellite imagery.…

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Tropical Cyclone Effects Possible for South Africa
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Tropical Cyclone Effects Possible for South Africa

Mainstream media has already picked up on a tropical formation that is likely to occur within the next 24 hours within the Mozambique Channel. An area of disturbed weather currently exists within a large area of low pressure inside the channel.…

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Major Hurricane Matthew – Massive Damage Potential
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Major Hurricane Matthew – Massive Damage Potential

Hurricane Matthew has been moving slowly in the Caribbean this past week, after strengthening rapidly over the weekend. In fact, the storm grew in strength from a mere category 1 hurricane to a ferocious category 5 with wind speeds of 160mph in a period of less than 24 hours.…

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