Another storm, growing stronger, set to hit central Mozambique


At least nine people died on Saturday after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique in Africa's southeast, bringing rain and powerful winds of around 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour. "We urge tourists to be extra cautious during this period and to call our emergency number for any assistance on 076-801-9679 or 013-735-0197/4064", concluded Coleman.

"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".

A satellite image plotting the course of tropical storm Eloise.

SAWS said the storm is moving west south westwards at a moderate speed of approximately 22 km/h.

The weather service says in the last 24 hours, the storm has intensified significantly because of the warm waters.

"We are expecting such a phenomenon to spread into the rest of the country but such heavier falls are inclined over the southern parts of Manicaland, into Masvingo and Matabeleland South".

"Typically, given the clockwise rotation of surface winds around such a system (in the Southern hemisphere), together with the movement of the system, one can typically expect the strongest destructive winds to be located on the southwestern quadrant of the system, i.e. the coastline immediately south of Beira".

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This is just before it makes landfall just south of Beira tomorrow, Saturday 23 January 2021.

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

It also said the country expected to experience localised flashfloods and destructive rains.

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.

According to The Herald, heavy rains in excess of 50 millimeters associated with strong winds are expected in Manicaland, Masvingo, and Matabeleland tomorrow as moderate Tropical Storm Eloise which is now in northern Mozambique, is expected to intensify and track southwestward before making landfall on Beira.

Trees were uprooted, and the roofs were blown off many houses.