DAR ES SALAAM – Tropical Cyclone Jobo lost its momentum as it made landfall in Tanzania, ENN reports. As a result, normalcy has returned to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital that was dreading the wrath of cyclone Jobo. Had the storm-ravaged Dar es Salaam, it would have been the first time to happen since April 15, 1952, when cyclone Lindi devastated the city.  

Earlier reports had confirmed that the passage of JOBO through the Outer Islands of Seychelles on 21-22 April caused damage to several buildings on Cosmoledo, and warning for strong wind of +65km/hour, heavy rain and high waves had been issued for coastal Tanzania, including Mafia Islands.

“The situation was as a result of continued strong winds in the direction of Cyclone Jobo. Rain clouds that accompanied the cyclone have also spread to the sea and coastal areas of Tanzania and Mozambique,” a statement released on April 25 said as it forecasted that no direct damage is expected, save for expected rains in some parts of the Coastal Zone.

What is a Cyclone?

A cyclone is a wind storm convoyed with heavy rainfall in low-pressure areas. It is caused by an incessant process of rising hot air over the ocean surface. The vacant space created is then occupied by the cool air around, which further heats up and rises.