Sasol Suspends Drilling as Cyclone Dineo Hits Mozambique

The cyclone made landfall near Inhambane late Wednesday, according to the South African Weather Service.

Radebe says cabinet has brought up to date on the cyclone - which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm - and the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) and the National Joint Operations Centre (NATJOC), comprising of various government departments and institutions, have assessed the situation.

"Dineo is also quite likely to undergo a final surge of intensification‚ just before arriving over land and there is a good chance that it will reach Tropical Cyclone status‚" he said in a weather update.

The vortex of was becoming more indistinct as the system weakened.

"The system will pose a great risk for the next 36 to 48 hours, particularly in terms of further exceptionally heavy rainfall and resultant flooding", the South African Weather Service said in a statement.

Dineo is expected to develop into a category 1 cyclone and hit the southern coast of Mozambique later in the day, Reuters reports.

A warning for severe thunderstorms was in effect over the south-western parts of the Waterberg District of Limpopo with possible heavy rain leading to localized flooding as well as large amounts of small hail.

South Africa will experience heavy rainfall over the northern lowveld and adjacent escarpment regions of Limpopo on Thursday evening.

By early Friday morning the core of Dineo should begin dissipating in the region of Musina and Beit Bridge in the northern part of Limpopo province.

By Saturday, 18 February, the remnants of Dineo are expected to drift into Botswana and showers are expected to continue over Limpopo Province. This‚ said Rae‚ was because they depended on the open ocean as a source of latent heat energy to sustain their growth and intensification.

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  • Carolyn Briggs