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MBABANE – It didn’t rain but it poured. According to data from the Swaziland Meteorological Services Department, 50 millimetres of rainfall was collected at Nyonyane in six hours yesterday.

Nyonyane is situated near Lomahasha, one of the places where the effects of Cyclone Dineo was felt in the country.
It was revealed that Mhlume and surrounding areas also received a lot of rainfall yesterday, as it was situated near where the cyclone showed a lot of strength.

According to Dumisani Sithole, from the Swaziland Meteorological Service, Lomahasha may have received more rainfall than Nyonyane, but the data had not been collected by yesterday at 4pm.
He said they had only been able to collect data between 8am and 2pm yesterday from their automatic stations, and data from their manual station would be collected this morning.

On another note, Sithole said the country was not affected by strong winds, as no area recorded winds of above 50 km/hr.
Sithole said Cyclone Dineo was now in its dying stages, but it still had potential to bring good rains. He said the rains should be expected last night and today.

“Dineo is now abating, but this is happening at a gradual rate, and the cyclone still has the potential to give us more rainfall later today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today),” he said. Meanwhile, Sikhuphe received the highest rainfall between Wednesday at 8am and yesterday at 8am.

A total of 59.5 mm of rainfall was collected in the area yesterday morning. Sithole said they had not yet collateral the amount of rainfall which was received yesterday from the area, as they had a manual station.
Other areas which have manual stations are Mhlume and Matsapha.

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