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Storm Dineo: Cyclone Hits Mozambique, KZN on High Alert

The Kruger National Park as well as the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has activated its disaster management teams as Cyclone Dineo intensifie...

The Kruger National Park as well as the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has activated its disaster management teams as Cyclone Dineo intensifies and is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Limpopo and KZN over the weekend.

At a media briefing about the cyclone on Wednesday, 15 February, KZN's Cooperative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said that the province's disaster management teams are on full alert for storms and floods that may come from the approaching tropical cyclone.

Dube-Ncube urged northern KZN communities to be prepared for the effects of cyclone, saying that "communities must take all warnings seriously. We are leaving nothing to chance," she said.
Flood Warning 

Officials at the briefing said that they are communicating with various community forums to ensure message about the approaching cyclone gets out to residents in time. "This is not to make people panic," Dube-Ncube says, "but to be aware of possibilities of the weather situation".

Footage of the severe tropical storm which has since been upgraded to cyclone status on Wednesday afternoon has been shared to social media, with the South African Weather Service confirming it now dominates much of the Mozambique channel.

It is expected to bring wind speeds of 90knots, or approximately 166km/h, as well as torrential rain that could bring widespread flooding.

The SA weather service warns that strong and damaging winds, as well as rough sea conditions are expected along the southern coastline of Mozambique as of Wednesday evening, with the coastline north of Xai-Xai particularly vulnerable to storm surge.

"The latest forecast guidance suggests that it is likely to intensify to Intense Tropical Cyclone status as early as tonight, (Wednesday evening). Shortly before making landfall near Inhambane, southern Mozambique in the early morning hours of Thursday."

In addition to the overall risk faced by coastal communities, the threat of storm surge will be particularly pronounced on the forward flank (south-western) side of the system (due to the combined effect of storm motion as well as winds swirling clockwise around the system). - Daily Sun

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