Tanzania braces for Cyclone Jobo, fishermen told to keep off sea | Weather News

Authorities are warning people to avoid coastal areas as the storm is expected to land on Saturday night.

Tanzanian authorities have warned people to avoid coastal areas as the country prepares for the impending landing of tropical cyclone Jobo.

The Tanzania Meteorological Agency said the storm was expected to land on Saturday night, but weaker wind speeds would lessen the impact initially expected.

The agency had previously estimated that Jobo would reach wind speeds between 50 and 60 kilometers per hour when it reached the coast of the East African nation.

Tropical cyclone Jobo is still expected to bring heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Between 200 and 400 millimeters of rain are expected within 24 hours when it lands.

The storm is expected to hit both the Zanzibar Archipelago and Mafia Island. Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam will also be hit by storms, according to forecasters.

“Such weather phenomena usually attract huge clouds from the forests of the Congo, so we expect increased rainfall in the western parts of the country over the next few days,” said Agnes Kijazi, Director General of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency.

On Friday, Tanzania asked fishermen not to go into the sea off the coast of Dar es Salaam and the southern Mtwara region.

“It is important for fishermen who are mainly active on the south coast from Dar es Salaam to Mtwara to take precautionary measures by stopping and waiting for the cyclone to pass,” Kijazi told reporters.