KZN cyclone: Disaster teams on standby

2012-03-02 20:02
Durban - Disaster management teams are on standby for a tropical cyclone expected to hit the Northern Coast of KwaZulu-Natal this weekend, a municipal official said on Friday.

"Disaster teams are on high alert and ready to respond to any situation," said eThekwini spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng.

The SA Weather Service earlier warned that the storm system would dump an "extreme" amount of rain on the region over the next two to three days.

"Areas around Kosi Bay, St Lucia, and Richard's Bay can expect up to 400mm of rain over this period," weather spokesperson Hannelee Doubell said.

Mofokeng advised people staying next to rivers to keep important documents in a safe place. Durban's fire department and metro police could be contacted on 031 361 0000.

The amount of rain expected was of an "extreme nature", and was last experienced when tropical cyclone Domoina hit KwaZulu-Natal in 1984.

"Domoina brought between 400 and 600mm of rain over a period of two to three days," Doubell said.

She said the system should start weakening by Tuesday.

- Are you in the region? Have you been warned? Share your thoughts and experiences.

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