The tropical depression which developed in Mozambique on Sunday has strengthened to a tropical storm named Ana by Mozambican authorities.
In an alert on Monday morning, the Metrological Services Department (MSD) said Tropical Storm Ana is set to bring localised heavy rains and strong winds to Manicaland and Mashonaland provinces. MSD senior forecaster, James Ngoma, said:
It is projected to intensify to the minimal stage of a severe tropical storm before it lands on the coast of Mozambique just before mid-day today in the Angoche region of northern Mozambique.
When the system lands in Mozambique, the gusts of wind could reach or even locally exceed 120 kilometres per hour near the coast.
Intense rains are expected in the region north of Beira today and then to southern Malawi on Tuesday.
Localised downpours and strong winds are probable in the southern districts of Manicaland province today, Monday.
Ngoma added that from Tuesday until Thursday, heavy rains above 50 mm are expected in all Mashonaland provinces and Manicaland; Chipinge, Chimanimani, Mutare, Mutasa, Nyanga, Mudzi, UMP, Rushinga, Mt Darwin, Centenary, Mbire, Northern Hurungwe and Kariba districts. Light rains and moderate to strong winds are expected elsewhere. He added:
People should watch out for localised heavy rains which may reduce visibility and cause riverine or flash flooding, strong winds which may carry debris, roof sheets or break off tree branches.
Stay indoors during thunderstorms and heavy rains. Avoid crossing flooded rivers whether on foot or in vehicles.
There may be a need to move to safer areas if living in prone areas.