Tropical disturbance expected to hit KZN, Mpumalanga & Limpopo

A tropical disturbance is one of the first stages before a tropical cyclone and consists of heavy rainfall and strong winds.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service says a tropical disturbance is expected to hit three provinces in the country starting from Tuesday until the end of the week.

Forecasters say winds will be coming from the Mozambique system and are likely to affect the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

A tropical disturbance is one of the first stages before a tropical cyclone and consists of heavy rainfall and strong winds.

The weather service’s Brent Bulo says the severe weather conditions are expected to last until Friday with heavy rainfalls likely to cause flash floods.

“In terms of rain, we’re expecting as much as 50mm or even 100mm in 24 hours of rain.”

The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance Department, which deals with disaster management, says they have already created awareness among residents who live in low-lying areas.

Spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said: “The MEC for Cogta has activated all the disaster management teams throughout the province and all municipalities. There is an analysis being done in terms of going out and alerting people.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)