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Cyclone Hidaya Weakens as It Approaches Tanzania’s Coastline, Brings Heavy Rain and Strong Winds

Cyclone Hidaya Significantly Weakens as It Approaches Tanzania’s Coastline

NAIROBI, Kenya – Cyclone Hidaya has significantly weakened as it draws nearer to Tanzania’s coastline, disclosed the country’s meteorology department on Saturday.

Remaining cautious is advised for residents, as the cyclone is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the region until Sunday. Nevertheless, the meteorology department did not provide an update on the cyclone’s latest maximum wind speeds.

A Major Blackout Strikes Tanzania as Cyclone Hidaya Makes Landfall

Widespread power outages have been reported in Tanzania, as Hidaya lashes the country with heavy rains and vigorous winds. The devastating impact comes in the wake of weeks of flooding in the region.

Ferry services between Tanzania’s commercial hub, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar have been temporarily halted as Hidaya approached the East African coast, with maximum wind speeds of 120 kph (75 mph) and intense gusts.

Local media outlets have shared eyewitness accounts of fallen trees due to the strong winds experienced in Mafia Island by Saturday afternoon.

Tanzanian Authorities Prioritize Caution as Cyclone Gains Intensity

Authorities had earlier urged residents to exercise caution with the expected increase in the intensity of Cyclone Hidaya.

The Tanzania Red Cross Society, in conjunction with the weather service, has been conducting preparedness campaigns along the coast, as the country braces itself for the impact of the cyclone.

Notably, coastal areas have already recorded above-average amounts of rainfall overnight, contributing to the heightened concerns.

Recent heavy rains and flooding have wreaked havoc in Tanzania and East Africa, claiming the lives of approximately 155 individuals, according to local authorities. Additionally, over 200,000 people have been affected by the extreme weather.

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