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Disruptive rain, flooding expected in parts of SA as storm Eloise hits Moz

According to AccuWeather, the storm will continue to press inland over the weekend, bringing along heavy rain, and gusty winds to Mozambique, Zimbabwe some parts of South Africa.

Tropical Cyclone Eloise made landfall in the Beira area on Saturday, 23 January 2021. Pic: SA Weather Service/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – As tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall just south of Beira in Mozambique, the South African Weather Service issued an alert level nine for Mpumalanga and Limpopo this weekend, warning of possible disruptive rain and widespread flooding.

According to AccuWeather, the storm will continue to press inland over the weekend, bringing along heavy rain, and gusty winds to Mozambique, Zimbabwe some parts of South Africa.

The weather service on Saturday said while Eloise would lose strength as it moved across land, it could leave behind a trail of destruction.

Forecaster Mbavhi Maliage, said, “We have issued an orange level nine alert for possible heavy rain leading to flooding over the northern and eastern parts of Limpopo as well as the lowveld of Mpumalanga. This is expected on Sunday.”

Eskom has meanwhile said it had put plans in place to deal with any eventualities.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said they were working closely with the National Disaster Management Centre.

“We are working with the provision disaster management centres in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), as well as local government authorities to ensure minimal disruption of electricity supply to customers.”

Nearly two years ago, Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and left more than 1,000 people dead and caused a humanitarian crisis in the region.

As the government in Mozambique evacuates residents, Mpumalanga Cooperative Governance MEC Mandla Msibi said disaster management teams were on high alert.

“We are ready in terms of the communications strategy.”

KZN officials said they were meeting and would communicate a plan of action on Saturday afternoon.

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