Powerful Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique on Thursday. At 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth was located at latitude 12.1°S and longitude 40.5°E which put it about 60 miles (95 km) north of Pemba, Mozambique. Kenneth was moving toward the west-southwest at 13 m.p.h. (20 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 140 m.p.h. (225 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 165 m.p.h. (270 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 937 mb.
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth continued to intensify until it made landfall near Quissanga, Mozambique. Winds to hurricane/typhoon force extended out about 45 miles (75 km) from the center of circulation. Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 160 miles (260 km) from the center. The Hurricane Intensity Index (HII) for Tropical Cyclone Kenneth was 28.2. The Hurricane Size Index (HSI) was 16.3 and the Hurricane Wind Intensity Size Index (HWISI) was 44.5. Those indices mean that Tropical Cyclone Kenneth was capable of causing significant regional damage. In addition to wind damage Kenneth will cause a significant storm surge at the coast. Locally heavy rain will produce flooding over parts of northern Mozambique.
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth will weaken when it moves inland over northern Mozambique. However, It will take several days for the circulation around Kenneth to spin down. The circulation could linger in that area for several days. If that happens, persistent rainfall will exacerbate flooding of rivers and streams, which would hinder rescue and recovery efforts.
Elsewhere over the southern Indian Ocean, Tropical Cyclone Lorna was swirling well to the east-southeast of Diego Garcia. At 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Tropical Cyclone Lorna was located at latitude 11.0°S and longitude 86.1°E which put it about 950 miles (1530 km) east-southeast of Diego Garcia. Lorna was moving toward the east-southeast at 6 m.p.h. (10 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 988 mb.