DISCUSSION: Tropical Cyclone Dineo is a Tropical Storm strength system with sustained winds of 40kts (46mph) and wind gusts of 50kts (57mph). Due to favorable atmospheric conditions and warm sea surface temperatures Dineo is expected to continue to strengthen over the next 24 to 48 hours across the Mozambique Channel. The tropical system is expected to reach peak strength by February 15 with sustained winds as high as 65kts (75mph). Dineo is forecasted to track towards the southwest and make landfall near Massinga, Mozambique - just north of Inhambane by February 16, 00Z (2am Mozambique local time). This system is expected to dump seven to ten inches of rain across the coastal regions and as far inland as Mapai, Mozambique. This amount of precipitation could cause flooding and landslide concerns for the affected locations. Areas from Massinga south to Maputo are forecasted to experience tropical storm force winds for 6 to 12 hours following landfall. The tropical system is expected to dissipate over land by February 17, 12Z.
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