Freddy is on observe to interrupt the file because the longest-lasting tropical cyclone, the United Nations mentioned Friday because the killer storm was set to hit Mozambique as soon as once more.
“Freddy is continuous its unbelievable and harmful journey,” Clare Nullis, spokeswoman for the UN’s World Meteorological Group, advised reporters in Geneva.
Freddy developed off the north Australian coast and have become a named storm on February 6.
The present file is held by Hurricane/Hurricane John, which lasted 31 days in 1994, the WMO mentioned.
Freddy has been a named tropical cyclone for 33 days.
As soon as it has dissipated, a WMO local weather extremes professional committee will assess all the information to find out whether or not a brand new file has been certainly set — a course of which may take months.
Freddy has periodically weakened under tropical storm standing, equivalent to when it was lingering over Mozambique and Zimbabwe the primary time round.
“We are going to clearly want to handle if that may be a concern in our analysis,” mentioned Randall Cerveny, the WMO’s Climate and Local weather Extremes rapporteur.
Freddy crossed the complete southern Indian Ocean and made landfall in Madagascar on February 21, crossing the island earlier than reaching Mozambique on February 24.
It tracked over Mozambique and Zimbabwe, bringing heavy rains and flooding.
It then looped again in direction of the coast, choosing up moisture and power from the nice and cozy waters, hit Madagascar once more and is now heading again in direction of Mozambique.
Freddy is anticipated to make landfall within the northern province of Zambezia late Friday or presumably Saturday morning.
“There will likely be very damaging winds, a really harmful storm surge on landfall and excessive rainfall over giant areas, not simply in Mozambique however northeast Zimbabwe, southeast Zambia and Malawi,” mentioned Nullis.
The anticipated rainfall totals are round 200 to 300 millimetres (7.11th of September, however regionally it could possibly be greater than 400-500 mm over the touchdown space.
“That is greater than twice the same old month-to-month rainfall and its approaching high of the present rainfall that Freddy brought on the primary time round,” Nullis mentioned.
The final cyclones to cross the complete southern Indian Ocean have been Tropical Cyclones Leon-Eline and Hudah in 2000.