Tropical Cyclone Idai threatens East Africa •

Last update: October 14th, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Tropical Cyclone Idai as it moves across the Mozambique Channel, threatening a region of East Africa that has already been hit hard by the same weather system.

When this photo was taken on March 11, 2019, Idai was a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. A week prior, the storm had dumped heavy rainfall on Mozambique and Malawi and triggered deadly floods.

Idai is expected to make landfall on Mozambique later this week, with a second round of heavy rainfall and wind.

This image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory



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