The Tanzanian government has urged residents living in the Mtwara region to relocate to safer areas as Cyclone Kenneth is set to make landfall tonight.
Authorities in the region ordered schools and businesses closed to ensure the residents are safe from the life-threatening effects of the torrent storm.
The order to close schools and workplaces was issued on Wednesday by Mtwara Regional Commissioner Gelasius Byakanwa.
In the meantime, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) said the storm would make landfall in Tanzania and Mozambique on Thursday night.
The agency said the storm had been spotted in the north western parts of Madagascar and it was travelling at 160km/hr.
TMA acting Director-General Pascal Waniha said the cyclone is expected to be 450 kilometers from Mtwara travelling at a wind speed of 130km/hr.
“During the night, tropical storm Kenneth is expected to be 250km from Mtwara, travelling at an estimated speed of 150km/hr,” Dr Wahina said.