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Moderate tropical storm Dineo; in the Mozambique Channel at 08h00 local time this morning (14 February 2017). RGB composite image (c) EUMETSAT 2017
Tropical cyclone Dineo remains on course to strike the coast of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane some time on Wednesday afternoon.
A Tuesday press release from the National Emergency Operational Centre (CENOE) warns that the Category Four cyclone could bring high winds of up to 200 kilometres an hour with the likelihood of rainfall of more than 100 millimetres in 24 hours.
Most of the Inhambane coast is at risk, including the provincial capital, Inhambane city, and the districts of Zavala, Inharrime, Morrumbene, Homoine, Panda, Maxixe, Massinga and Vilanculo. Further south, in Gaza province, Bilene, Chokwe, Guija and Manjacaze districts could be affected.
CENOE advises people living in the path of the cyclone to prepare food and water supplies, and to ensure that all doors and windows in their homes are securely closed. Those living in houses built of flimsy materials are urged to seek shelter in stronger buildings.
They should stay calm, remain indoors while the cyclone lasts, switch off all electrical equipment, and obey all instructions given by the authorities.
Once over land, the cyclone is expected to dissipate rapidly, ceasing to pose a threat after Thursday.