Tropical storm Eloise intensifies, will bring heavy winds and rain

Elias Hubbard
January 24, 2021

Southern African countries are on high alert, with tropical storm Eloise building up strength.

"Rains associated with the cloud bands of the Tropical System Eloise should start of on the southern parts of Manicaland province as early as Friday evening 22 January 2021". RGB false-colour image courtesy EUMETSAT 2021.

In a statement, Friday, MSD said the storm characterised by heavy rains and strong winds will hit Manicaland on Friday before spreading throughout the country. The weather system is expected to bring more than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain in 24 hours to the area, with winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) an hour, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Mpumalanga province is where most of Eskom's coal mines and some of its power stations are located, but it also has transmission lines that import approximately 1,000MW of power into South Africa from Cahorra Bassa in Mozambique that might also be hit by the storm.

It is now identified as a category 2 cyclone after making landfall in Mozambique.

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Southern Africa braces for impact as tropical storm Eloise intensifies

It is at this time that the north-eastern parts of South Africa - including the Kruger National Park - can anticipate the onset of heavy tropical rain, particularly along the escarpment and lowveld areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, as well as the northern sector of Limpopo.

But the northeastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are also likely to be affected.

The warning is effective from Sunday 12:00 to Monday 11:59 and the service warns of "disruptive rains" which includes flooding of roads, damage to bridges and property.

SAWS added it expects strong surface winds circulating clockwise around Eloise will result in south-easterly to easterly gale-force winds of 35 to 40 knots (approaching 80 kilometres and hour), especially over northern Limpopo on Sunday.

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