SOUTH AFRICA, JOHANNESBURG – Eloise has made landfall in the coastal town of Beira in Mozambique. The cyclone started as a tropical storm in Madagascar and has continued to grow.
The category 2 cyclone is expected to hit parts of South Africa bringing, heavy rain and possible flooding.
It is now identified as a category 2 cyclone after making landfall in Mozambique.
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) January 23, 2021
Eloise is forecast to churn its way inland to southern Zimbabwe, eastern South Africa and far eastern Botswana.
While it will lose strength as it moves across the land, authorities in Mpumalanga, KZN, and Limpopo are intensifying their efforts to mitigate any possible destruction.
KZN officials on Saturday called a meeting to formalize a plan of action.
Mpumalanga Cogta MEC Mandla Msibi appealed for calm but asked residents to stay vigilant.
“We have advised the communities on the sideline to move from the sidelines because we don’t know how extensive the cyclone will be.”
While Limpopo disaster management teams will be monitoring areas that are prone to flooding MEC Basikopo Makamu explained, “We’ve already started to activate our disaster management centres.”
The South African Weather Service issued an alert level nine for Mpumalanga and Limpopo, warning of possible disruptive rain as well as damage to infrastructure including housing, roads and bridges.