Severe Tropical Storm Eloise to bring heavy rain to north-eastern SA

The South African Weather Service is warning of extreme rainfall in parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. Tropical storm Eloise is expected to make landfall in Mozambique on Saturday. Climate change expert Bob Scholes from Wits University spoke to Uveka Rangappa. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Tropical storm Eloise is still intensifying over the Mozambique Channel and expected to strengthen into a Tropical Cyclone on Friday night.

Eloise already started to affect the coastal regions of Mozambique (between Angoche and Beira) with heavy rain, rough seas and strong winds as it is moving parallel to the coast, towards Beira.

The expected Tropical Cyclone Eloise is predicted to make landfall near Beira early on Saturday morning, bringing more heavy rain over an already flooded coastline.

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Observations are showing Beira has already received more than 150mm over the past few days and Eloise is expected to dump more than 200mm of rain over the coastal town as she makes landfall and moves southwest overland this weekend.

After landfall, the system will rapidly weaken into a depression and reach the Limpopo River Valley by Sunday.

Accumulated rainfall shows totals of 100mm to 200mm are possible in parts of Mozambique, southern Zimbabwe and eastern South Africa through the weekend into Monday.

The South African Weather Service has issued an L4 Yellow warning for disruptive rain possible over Mpumalanga and Limpopo on Sunday into Monday.


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