FLOODS TO HIT SD IN WAKE OF DYING DINEO
MBABANE – You will need more than your average umbrella to escape the expected heavy rains and floods today.
The extreme weather conditions predicted for today and last night have been left behind by the fiery tropical Cyclone Dineo which wreaked havoc in Mozambique, but it is now called ‘ex-Dineo’.
The warning from most meteorology stations in the SADC region stated that although the tropical cyclone had downgraded, heavy rains and floods were expected in places like Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Limpompo and Zimbabwe.
It was reported that rains were expected throughout last night and could reach 100mm.
Yesterday, Nyonyane, which is near Lomahasha, received the highest rains in the country and some children from schools in that area were turned back as early as 10am.
Dineo had fiercely landed in Mozambique at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour on Wednesday night, but forecasters have now reported that the tropical cyclone was now weaker than expected and had been downgraded to a status of ‘tropical depression ex-Dineo’.
Although the worst is predicted to be over people have been warned not to underestimate the rains which have been falling in most parts of the country as by late last night, they were expected to intensify.
The tropical cyclone lost momentum when it crossed the inland and missed the ocean. “We expected it to be downgraded because the cyclone moved over land and it needs heat from the ocean to survive,” said one of the forecasters from the South African Weather Services (SAWS).
Yesterday morning, the Swaziland Meteorological Services Department issued a statement stating that Cyclone Dineo experienced landfall after 7pm local time just to the north of the Mozambican coastal town, Inhambane, as was expected, at which point the cyclone eye (centre) was just over 500km to the north east of the country.
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