On this day in 2012, Intense Tropical Cyclone Funso peaked in the Mozambique Channel. Unofficial Force Thirteen analysis indicates Funso’s peak to have been with winds of 145 mph (1-min sustained) and a pressure of 925 hPa (mbar). Funso was the first storm since Cyclone Jokwe (2008) to impact Mozambique, and was the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2011-12 Southwest Indian Ocean Cyclone Season. Cyclone Funso is remembered primarily due to its erratic track in the Mozambique Channel. The cyclone had also come to a crawl at one point prior to peak and spent several days meandering off the coast of Mozambique. Even though Funso never made landfall, over three million people were still affected by the storm’s gale-force winds. A total of 12 lives were lost in the Zambezia Province, and further impacts were also recorded in the Inhambane Province. Heavy rainfall from Funso was also recorded in the neighboring Malawi. Two rivers in Malawi exceeded their banks and caused flooding in villages near Nsanje. Cyclone Funso continued a series of flooding events that had been occurring throughout Southern Africa in 2012. The flooding itself had begun with an enhanced monsoon, but then, Tropical Storm Dando struck the country and worsened the flooding by a large margin. When Cyclone Funso stalled off the coast, the flooding was prolific enough to unfortunately claim the lives of up to 40 people.
Funso also became one of the first storms to be animated by Force Thirteen – With this animation coming out almost 10 years ago!
Watch Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-jWU7In2VQ