Dineo storm on the way

FILE: A South African Weather Service satellite catches a night image of Tropical Cyclone Dineo as she made landfall on the coast of Mozambique.

The tropical storm Dineo made landfall on Wednesday this week when it hit Mozambique.

Weather experts warned Dineo will affects areas in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall.

On Thursday Tropical Cyclone Dineo was downgraded from being a cyclone to being a tropical storm.

Wind speed on Wednesday was estimated at around 120 km/h, according to media reports.

But a speed of more than 160 km/ is expected when it reaches the northern areas of the Lowveld tonight.

The greatest impact (with respect to South African provinces) is suggested to be overnight Thursday and into the morning hours of Friday, when heavy rain can be expected over the entire eastern half of Limpopo (including the Kruger National Park), where 100 to 200mm of rain could occur per day, according to reports.


A warning for severe thunderstorms was in effect over the south-western parts of the Waterberg District of Limpopo with possible heavy rain leading to localised flooding as well as large amounts of small hail. There was also warnings for damaging winds and flooding in Vhembe and Mopani district of Limpopo from late afternoon on Thursday, persisting into tomorrow Friday morning, February 17.

A Heavy Rain warning is also in effect. Heavy rains may create localized flooding in Vhembe and Mopani District Municipalities of Limpopo, from Thursday late afternoon, persisting into Friday morning.

People are warned to be on high alert starting today as this can have a great impact on houses and road travellers.

The country’s department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs said: “The Tropical Storms will lead to flooding that might cut off many communities, displace others, lead to loss of life, destruction of infrastructure and property.

South Africa will not be immune or spared from the wrath of this cyclone.”

(edited by MLM)

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