The channel is located between the country of Mozambique on the African mainland and the island nation of Madagascar.
The strongest tropical cyclone in at least a decade is expected to make landfall in Mozambique at the end of the week, bringing devastating winds and floods to the central coastline.
Tropical Cyclone Idai’s expected landfall trajectory
The cyclone was moving south-east with a wind speed of 89 - 118 km/h.
Idai is expected to move in a south-westerly direction over the next couple of days, due to a subtropical ridge preventing it to move polewards.More news: Debenhams rejects Sports Direct complaints about its disclosure
Forecasters are monitoring Idai every hour but still do not expect the system to affect South Africa, but this can only be confirmed once landfall has been made.
"We appeal to people to abandon hazardous areas, as the tropical cyclone will cause more rains, so people living along the rivers should move to safer areas", district administrator Domingos Viola spoke to Radio Mozambique in Tete on Tuesday, urging people to follow the advices.More news: Christchurch attacker meant to continue rampage when arrested, says PM
Tropical Storm "IDAI 19" formed in the Mozambique Channel on March 9, 2019 as the 10th named storm of the 2018/19 Southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season.
Idai will weaken into an overland depression on Friday, 15 March 2019, but is still expected to result in significant and torrential rainfall and widespread flooding over the Sofala and Manica provinces of Mozambique, the extreme eastern parts of Zimbabwe and the southern parts of Malawi which have been already hit by severe flooding over the past week.More news: New York Giants Not Interested In Dwayne Haskins
The department therefore advised the general public to continue following weather updates issued from time to time by the department of climate change and meteorological services as it continued to monitor weather development over the country to ensure seamless use of weather information on all timescales by the public and to be kept safe from any weather related threats.