Mozambique – Tropical Cyclone Dineo Update (GDACS, JTWC, Meteo France La Réunion, INAM, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 15 February 2017)

  • Tropical Cyclone DINEO continued moving west south-west over the Mozambique Channel towards southern Mozambique, strengthening. On 15 February at 00.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 260 km north-east of Inhambane city (Inhambane province) and had max. sustained wind speed of 111 km/h (Tropical Storm). It is expected to make landfall close to Massinga city (Massinga district, Inhambane province), on 15 February afternoon (UTC) possibly as a Tropical Cyclone (equivalent to a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale). JRC estimations indicate a maximum storm surge height of 0.5 m in Morrumbene (Inhambane province) on 15 February at 23.00 UTC.

  • Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving over land, crossing the provinces of Inhambane and Gaza, weakening but remaining a Tropical Storm. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect the southern and eastern areas of the country.