TMA:Tropical Storm Jobo to impact coastal belt of Lindi and Mtwara regions

The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) have said a tropical cyclone Jobo which has appeared in the Indian ocean, may impact the country's weather systems causing strong winds and waves especially in the coastal belt of Lindi and Mtwara regions.

According to statement issued by TMA,the cyclone is currently in Madagascar heading north in the Indian Ocean.

"The tropical depression in the Indian ocean which has developed and deepened to become a tropical cyclone Jobo is currently at a distance of between 930 and 1030 Kilometers from the coastal belt of Lindi and Mtwara regions respectively,"said TMA.

Adding that, the presence of tropical cyclone Jobo may impact weather systems by influencing strong winds and large waves especially over the coastal belt of Lindi and Mtwara regions.

TMA says they will continue monitoring the progress of the tropical cyclone Jobo and other weather systems associated with it, which may change the strength, speed and direction of the cyclone.

TMA said, will continue to update the public on the progress of the tropical cyclone Jobo and in turn, advises the public to make use of the advisory of strong wind and large waves.

Earlier The National Meteorological Institute (INAM) of Mozambique reported that the tropical depression which formed over northern Madagascar on April 19, 2021, has evolved into a tropical storm, called Jobo. Current projections indicate that the meteorological system has reached the tropical cyclone stage.

“This system may influence the weather in the north of Cabo Delgado province (Palma, Nangade and Mocímboa da Praia districts), with heavy rains accompanied by severe thunderstorms and strong, gusty winds,” the report announces.

According to INAM, “the system is also expected to reach the coast of the Republic of Tanzania on the 24th or 25th of the current month, and may affect maritime navigation north of the parallel 12 degrees South latitude”.

About South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season

The 2020-2021 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season is an ongoing period of tropical cyclogenesis when most tropical cyclones form within the South-West Indian Ocean basin.

The season started with the formation of Cyclone Alicia in the extreme northeast section of the basin on 12 November, just before the official start of the season, which marked the third season in a row in which a tropical cyclone formed before the official beginning of the season.

It officially began on 15 November 2020, and will officially end on 30 April 2021, with the exception for Mauritius and the Seychelles, for which it will officially end on 15 May 2021.

These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical and subtropical cyclones form in the basin, which is west of 90°E and south of the Equator.

Tropical and subtropical cyclones in this basin are monitored by the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre in Réunion and unofficially by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

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