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Cyclone Gombe Among Mozambique’s Most Severe Since 2000

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Tropical Cyclone Gombe on March 11.

Tropical Cyclone Gombe on March 11.

Source: CIRA/RAMMB

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Tropical Cyclone Gombe made landfall in northern Mozambique, bringing wind gusts as high as 140 miles per hour and potential flooding in the nation’s third-most populous city of Nampula as it moves inland. 

The intense storm reached the equivalent of a Category 3 cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale before striking the coast, according to the World Meteorological Organization. While winds subsided as Gombe passed over land, it could bring more than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain over 24 hours, according to Mozambique’s meteorological agency.