Tropical Storm Ialy expected to weaken by Wednesday

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 21 May, 2024 20:40 | 2 mins read
Satelite images of Tropical Storm Ialy
Satelite images of Tropical Storm Ialy. PHOTO/@MeteoKenya/X

Tropical Storm Ialy is expected to weaken on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, the Kenya Meteorological Department has announced.

The weatherman announces that despite weakening and dissipating in the Indian Ocean, the storm will bring about rain, storms, and winds to coastal regions.

"IALY intensified to the Tropical Cyclone stage on Tuesday, 21 May 2024, marking a historic event in the South-West Indian Ocean basin. This intense system, unprecedented in the satellite era, is positioned notably northwest of 5°S/45°E and remarkably close to the coasts of Kenya. The centre of IALY is currently just 250 km from Pemba Island and less than 300 km from Mombasa," the weatherman stated.

"Tropical cyclones within 5°S and 5°N are very rare. Peripheral bands of the system are beginning to affect parts of the East African coast. IALY is expected to weaken starting Tuesday evening and into the night, ultimately dissipating by Wednesday, while remaining offshore despite passing within 150 km of the Kenyan coast."

"Moderate rain, storms, and windy conditions are forecast in the western periphery of the system along the coastal areas of Kenya, and neighbouring countries. Waves of 1.5 to 3.6 meters are expected along the Kenya coast."

Further, the Met Department says residents should expect strong south-easterly winds at 10-30 knots over Kenya and Tanzania waters due to Tropical Storm IALY.

"Wave heights will be 1.5 to 3.6 meters, with moderate to rough sea conditions. Small boats and crafts are advised to avoid deep-sea areas throughout the forecast period. Daily marine near shore Forecast for Kenyan Coast issued on 21st May 2024 and valid from 22nd to 23rd May 2024," the statement added.

Effects of Tropical Storm Ialy

The daily marine near-shore forecast for the Kenyan Coast predicts a breezy morning sea state with south-southwest winds to strong Southerly winds ranging from 10 to 30 knots.

The weatherman says moderate choppy seas are expected, which may be dangerous for boats and other small sea craft. Waves from the southeast are forecast to reach heights of 5- 12ft, accompanied by large short-period waves of 8-9 seconds in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, and Lamu counties.

"In the afternoon, the sea state will remain breezy with SSW to moderately strong Southerly winds of 10-23 knots, leading to moderate to choppy seas characterized by rough waves. Wave heights from the southeast are expected to decrease to 4-8ft with shorter periods of 9 seconds," the weatherman adds.

Visibility is predicted to be moderate, ranging from 9 to 10 kilometers in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, and Lamu.

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