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Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorms and Winds (January 6, 2023)
January 6, 2023

Location:  Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, and Sofala Provinces

Event:  Mozambican authorities predict the occurrence of heavy rainfall (more than 50 millimeters in 24 hours), locally very strong downpour, accompanied by severe thunderstorms and winds with strong gusts up to 80 kilometers per hour from the early hours of January 06.  At sea, waves could reach heights of 4.5 meters.

Areas of risk include:

Maputo Province – Matutuine, Namaacha, Boane, Moamba, Magude, Manhica, Marracuene districts as well as Maputo and Matola cities

Gaza Province – Chokwe, Bilene, Mandlakazi, Limpopo, Mapai, Mabalane, Chicualacuala, Chigubo, Chibuto, Guija, Chongoene districts as well as Xai-Xai city

Inhambane Province – Zavala, Inharrime, Jangamo, Panda, Funhalouro, and Mabote, Homoine, Morrumbene, Massinga, Vilankulo, Inhassoro, Govuro  districts as well as Maxixe and Inhambane cities

Manica Province – Machaze, Mossurize, Sussundenga, Macate, Gondola, Vanduzi, Manica, Barue, Macossa, Guro, Tambara districts as well as Chimoio city

Sofala Province – Machanga, Chibabava, Buzi, Dondo, Nhamatanda, Muanza, Gorongosa, Cheringoma, Marromeu, Maringue, Caia, Chemba districts as well as Beira city

* The same system has the potential to impact the weather status of the Tete and Zambezia Provinces.

Actions to Take:

  • Reconsider travel to the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, and Sofala until the thunderstorms and winds have dissipated.
  • Monitor the local news for updates.
  • Seek secure shelter.
  • Follow directions from local officials and take other appropriate actions as needed.
  • Visit the  Tropical Storm Risk for updated storm tracking information.



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(+258) 84-095-8000

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888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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