Cyclone Kenneth is about to pummel Mozambique


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Cyclone Kenneth near the coast of Mozambique on Thursday.

Image: Cooperative Institute forMeteorological Satellite Studies / NOAA

After Cyclone Idai dumped enough water on Mozambique to create a sprawling inland sea in March, yet another powerful tempest is on a direct path to the storm-battered nation.

Cyclone Kenneth, currently a powerful Category 4 storm, is expected to hit a different, northern part of the African nation late Thursday. 

Similar to Idai, Kenneth will likely be devastating. The UK Meteorological Office expects heavy rains to deluge the soaked ground for days. Winds, currently at over 130 mph, will somewhat weaken as the cyclone hits land, but are still forecast to howl at over 100 mph

Take a look at the approaching storm:

Though there’s little evidence that the planet is experiencing more cyclones and hurricanes, there is mounting evidence that these storms are growing stronger compared to storms in the 20th century.

Prior to Cyclone Idai, since the 1960s only three tropical storms of category 3 or stronger had hit Mozambique, according to Weather.com.

In Mozambique alone, Idai killed over 600 people, according to the latest UN data. Meanwhile, the March cyclone displaced over 131,000 people in the southern African nation. 

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