Most domestic flights in Mozambique have been cancelled and shipping banned off the central coast, because of the approach of storm Eloise.
Rains and strong winds have already been affecting several coastal regions of Nampula, Zambézia and Sofala provinces since early on Friday morning, and are expected to worsen towards Inhambane in the south, according to the authorities.
Eloise could develop into a cyclone before moving ashore around Beira during the early morning hours of Saturday, according to Mozambique’s Institute of Meteorology (Inam).
Mozambique Airlines (LAM) has cancelled flights on routes between the capital, Maputo, and the provincial capitals of Beira, Quelimane and Nampula.
The commercial port of Beira has suspended operations until Sunday and the maritime administration of Zambézia province has banned the movement of boats along the coast as a precautionary measure.
The rainy season two years ago was one of the most severe in Mozambique – 714 people died, many of them in two of the biggest cyclones to have ever hit the country.