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Cyclone Eloise storms into Zimbabwe with heavy downpours

THE Meteorological Services Department (MSD) says Tropical Cyclone Eloise has made a landfall over Mozambique this morning.

MSD Senior Meteorologist, Mr James Ngoma said as of yesterday, the cyclone was already giving the country light rain with a bit of intermittent heavy downpours over the Eastern Highlands into Mashonaland East.

“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.

“We still advice the public to take due precaution because the system comes engulfed with strong winds which may cause rooftops to be blown off.

“We still advice the public to keep monitoring and where possible please stay in doors,” said Mr Ngoma.

Cyclone Eloise, fuelled by the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique channel, gained tropical cyclone status with its strength equivalent to a category two storm, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), said.

Weather services have been tracking the storm’s path this week as it moved across northern Madagascar and into the Mozambique channel, where it was expected to gather strength. Heavy rainfall is also expected in Limpopo and Mpumalanga with possible flooding.

Friday lunchtime, SA Weather Service (SAWS) forecaster, Julius Mahlangu said the north-eastern areas of the province would be affected by Eloise.

“A major impact is expected on Limpopo and Mpumalanga and it will extend into eSwatini and north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal.

“Rain in Durban will come from a high pressure system and is expected to start around midday (tomorrow) and will continue into Monday. The weather should start to clear late on Monday,” he said.

Meanwhile eThekwini Municipality said their disaster management teams were monitoring the storm which could lead to localised flooding in low-lying areas. 🔺

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