The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) says the Tropical Cyclone Idai has taken the south-westward direction towards the Mozambican boarder where it is expected to make landfall in the early hours of tomorrow, Friday 15 March.

The tropical cyclone, which this late afternoon made landfall in Beira, Mozambique, is expected to bring relief to the current dry spell with meaningful rainfall in Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central provinces.

MSD Spokesperson, Mr Tichaona Zinyemba said the cyclone will be very strong as it will be travelling at a speed of between 160km to 260 km per hour towards Zimbabwe, bringing moisture over most parts of the country.

“The department will continue to monitor intensity and trajectory of tropical cyclone and advise the public accordingly,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Civil Protection Unity strongly warned communities in the likely affected areas to be on high alert and look out for rising water, floods, and strong winds and promised to be on standby for any eventualities.

The country has been hit by shortage of rainfall and the predictions have indicated that the 2018-19 season was to receive normal to below normal rainfall.