The South African Weather Service has informed us that Tropical Storm Eloise, which is currently crossing Madagascar, is expected to move into the Mozambique Channel, gathering speed before it makes landfall along the southern Mozambican coastline at some point over the weekend.
It is still too early to predict the storm’s exact trajectory, but Eloise is expected to bring large amounts of rain to parts of South Africa, including Mpumalanga, Limpopo and northern KwaZulu-Natal.
The following areas can expect heavy rainfall leading to widespread flooding, with high winds and damage to infrastructure and buildings. This is anticipated to start over the weekend and continue into early next week.
- Makhado (Louis Trichardt)
- Mbombela (Nelspruit) and Graskop could be affected to a lesser extent
Here are a few ways that you can better prepare for Eloise’s arrival, mitigate your risk and stay safe.
- Light construction should be secured against high winds and heavy rainfall.
- Gutters and drains should be cleared to ensure optimum drainage.
- Stock should be raised well off floor surfaces and, where possible, dykes and sandbags should be set out to slow water ingress into buildings.
- Livestock and pets should be considered and sheltered accordingly.
Be on high alert, take all the necessary safety precautions and stay safe. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact your Indwe advisor.