16 February 2012

Mozambique: Cyclone Giovanna 'No Longer a Threat'

Maputo — The Mozambican National Meteorology Institute (INAM) no longer regards Cyclone Giovanna as a threat to the Mozambican coast.

A Thursday afternoon release from INAM said that the Cyclone, currently regarded as a "Category One Moderate Tropical Storm", was, as of 15.00, continuing to move slowly south of Madagascar.

Although Giovanna continues to generate winds of up to 120 kilometres an hour, "there is no forecast that its impact will be felt on the Mozambican coast".

But the cyclone is still seriously affecting weather conditions in the centre of the Mozambique Channel with heavy rains (over 50 millimetres of rainfall in 24 hours), strong winds, and waves between four and six metres high.

INAM thus recommends that all shipping in the Mozambique Channel take precautionary measures, and keeps constantly alert for updates on the weather.

The INAM release is broadly in line with the projections of the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC), which forecasts Giovanna losing strength over the weekend, as it moves slowly west and then north.

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