Cyclone Dineo remains on predicted path, but will miss Ladysmith

Dineo cyclone

Dineo cyclone

South African petrochemical group Sasol Ltd workers temporarily put down tools in Mozambique due to tropical storm Dineo, the company's spokesman said on Wednesday.

"We're looking at saving lives and property".

Tropical Storm Dineo was intensifying in the middle of the Mozambique Channel when NASA's GPM core observatory satellite flew over on February 14, 2017 at 0926 UTC. South Africa will not be immune or spared from the wrath of this cyclone.

Heavy rains leading to flooding can be expected in the Ehlanzeni District of Mpumalanga and Vhembe, Mopani and Capricorn District of Limpopo.

Despite having decreased in intensity, the South African Weather Service says highspeed winds in excess of 50/km and heavy rainfall can still be expected as the storm makes its way across the north of SA, "posing a great risk" right into the weekend.

Dineo is expected to develop into a category 1 cyclone and hit the southern coast of Mozambique later in the day, Reuters reports. Heavy rainfall of 100mm to 200mm per day is being forecast for southern Mozambique and parts of South Africa as they are hit by the formidable storm system.

Dineo is really living up to the notoriously fickle and unpredictable nature of such tropical systems.

Leso said communities should take precautions‚ despite the storm being downgraded. It warned people not to cross flooded roads, bridges, and rivers.

In cases where other people are displaced, we request community members to assist one another guided by the principles of Ubuntu, especially those that would have been displaced by the sheer force of the cyclone. "Communities must work together to ensure the safety of people", says Radebe.

Disaster management remains on high alert, and has been communicating with community forums on what to do in the event of an emergency. Updates will be issued as and when necessary through various communication channels.

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