Deadly Idai to threaten more lives, property as it makes landfall on Mozambique
Dangerous Idai will put more lives and property in peril as it makes landfall on Mozambique. Over 100 people have been killed by flash flooding across Mozambique and Malawi prior to the cyclone's landfall, according to Al Jazeera.
The cyclone made landfall over central Mozambique on Thursday night.
Heavy rains and flooding across #Malawi and #Mozambique over the past 5 days have already affected nearly 843,000 people; and caused at least 60 deaths according to preliminary reports from respective governments. @CAREGlobal @careintuk pic.twitter.com/vj90MADxwN— CARE Malawi (@CAREIntMalawi) March 14, 2019
Rough seas and surf will continue into Friday as Idai slowly moves inland even as the storm loses cyclone status.
The worst of the storm's rain and wind will rage into Friday.
Idai slammed onshore with destructive winds and flooding rain in the vicinity of Beira. Life-threatening storm-surge flooding can put coastal communities underwater near and south of where Idai made landfall.
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Storm-surge flooding may also spread farther up the Pungwe River, inundating homes and businesses.
The winds were strong enough to cause devastating damage, including to well-built framed homes, in the vicinity of landfall. Electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm.
As Idai tracks inland, flooding downpours will spread throughout the interior of central Mozambique and into eastern Zimbabwe from Friday into this weekend.
Locations across central Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe can expected 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rainfall through Sunday with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 400 mm (16 inches).
A few downpours may extend as far north and west as Harare, Zimbabewe, on Saturday and Sunday.
Land interaction caused the cyclone to rapidly weaken quickly on Friday. Regardless, damaging winds may still spread across more of inland central Mozambique into the day on Saturday. Locally damaging winds will also be possible in far eastern Zimbabwe.
Idai is forecast to dissipate over western Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe this weekend; however additional showers and thunderstorms will bring the risk for localized flooding early next week across the region.
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