Irina set to head back to SA

2012-03-05 13:01

Durban - Cyclone Irina, which caused heavy storms over KwaZulu-Natal during the weekend, was hovering over the Indian Ocean some 400km east of Durban on Monday morning.

The SA Weather Service predicted Irina would move further away from the country before tracking back during the middle of the week.

Spokesperson Elizabeth Webster said although Irina would turn back towards South Africa, it would remain offshore before heading south.

She said Irina was now classified as a moderate tropical storm and would later this week intensify to a severe tropical storm by the time it was expected to head south on Thursday or Friday.


Rainfall predictions across the province for the next few days were also expected to drop, with a 60% chance of rain expected along the KwaZulu-Natal coast and a 30% chance of rain in the province's interior.

"We are expecting showers along KwaZulu-Natal until Tuesday. In northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal rainfall is expected until Thursday," Webster said.

During the past few days, the most rain was recorded at Charter's Creek in St Lucia's iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, with 245.8mm falling on Saturday and Sunday. Further south, Durban had 140.8mm of rain between Sunday and Monday morning. Webster said further rain could be expected on Thursday or Friday in Richards Bay.

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  • Craig - 2012-03-05 13:08

    We need the rain but not the destruction that has come with it. Hope that it doesn't hang around for too long. Already lost one weekends golf due to the heavy rain...

      James - 2012-03-05 13:17

      crap jersey you have on

      doc.mouton - 2012-03-05 13:54

      @james yours is probably pink!!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-05 14:07

      Oh heavens, what a loss. No golf for a whole weekend. I wonder what the people thought of their loss when their homes washed away.

      aldo.stefanini - 2012-03-05 19:34

      shame jacqui

      naphtaly.calvin - 2012-03-06 12:59

      Be ready for the worst.

  • Melanie - 2012-03-05 13:10

    the two guys from richards bay that were interviewed on telly...that were upset that they werent going to see all the action of a BIG storm.....gonna eat their words. what a bloody stupid comment for them to make anyway! damn idiocracy i tell you!!!!

      Kala - 2012-03-05 13:16

      Honestly Melanie I would like to experience a big storm. To see natures full unfeterred fury must be an awe inspiring and humbling event. Sure most of these storms result in destruction and even death but the so do many of South African road users.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-05 13:43 will probably find that they were not the only 2 or 3 interviewed. The media probably added those 2 to emphasize their OWN opinion. It happened to me a couple of years ago, and it still happens today.

      Gary - 2012-03-05 13:58


      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-05 14:05

      I was interviewed after a surf, a little while after a shark attack on the same beach. I was with a friend, and i stated that the influx was due to shark cage diving and feeding/chumming (which i don't believe anymore), and my friend blamed it on the warmer currents etc. They didnt even publish all i said, or anything that my fiends had said. They ONLY published and manipulated my wording, to what the audience wants to hear. that was just my experience though :)

      Patsy - 2012-03-05 14:09

      I believe it is a stupid comment too. Who wants to be in the middle of something like that BUT @ Justin.......... you &%$@# !! how can you say this about Richards Bay people? Do you live there? Have you ever been there?? Come to RB we will gladly show you the people ! @#$%&!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-05 14:18

      @Justin, you took the words out my mouth! :)

      Arthur - 2012-03-05 14:23

      @Patsy. With all that swearing, I can see Justin's point.

      Arthur - 2012-03-05 14:24

      @Gary. Ditto.

      kritzinger - 2012-03-06 08:01

      Idiocracy isn't a word. I think the word you're looking for is idiocy...

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-03-05 13:26

    Please irene, dont come to cape town this weekend. It's the Argus!

      Linda - 2012-03-06 06:30


  • Vaugh6809 - 2012-03-05 13:35

    Remember cyclones are named after women therefore no one can predict their path. As for the SA Weather service it is very easy for you to look at all the other sites giving free information and then update your pay site.

      Italy.FYI.L - 2012-03-05 14:03

      Wrong, wrong and wrong. Not all hurricanes are named after women. Hurricane prediction models are pretty accurate (Not 100% of course but more than close enough to provide early warning systems) There are two major weather providers for the Southern African region. One being us and the other a shared prediction model run between the French and Americans. kthanksbye!

      Liz - 2012-03-05 14:19

      Actually Vaugh that is no longer true! (Maybe they realised that men's paths are also very unpredictable!) The list of names for hurricanes in the Atlantic for 2012 has already been decided and includes "Isaac" "William" "Oscar" and "Gordon" Personally I do not know too many women with those names!

      Hallo - 2012-03-05 14:19

      Vaugh - you speak utter crap.

      Arthur - 2012-03-05 14:27

      @Vaugh... They name cyclones after women. When they arrive they are wet and wild... When they leave you are left with nothing....

  • xbrynx - 2012-03-05 13:36

    Looks as though the South African weather service is siding with the ECMWF model that shows the cyclone moving south, the GFS on the other hand has the system making landfall. Last I saw from La Reunion's official forecast they were siding with the GFS model, but did mention the ECMWF too, for more info:

      Kala - 2012-03-05 14:01

      They also say that future rainfall is expected to be light. I think this particular storm system is not going to have any further large impact on SA.

      Liz - 2012-03-05 14:04

      @xbrynx - I am glad you make this point! There are many possible interpretations of how the impact of this cyclone will pan out!

      xbrynx - 2012-03-05 15:31

      Yup, the reason for the lighter rainfall is that the system is now more compact than it was over the weekend. There was a large band of associated showers/convection to the far SW of the storm over the weekend, but the storm has since lost that convection and become more compact, so essentially this means that while rainfall may still be very heavy within the cyclone, it would only be those near the 'eye' or the center as it is at the moment, would receive the full brunt of the rainfall associated with the storm. If the GFS scenario were to pan out S.A would likely still feel this storm later this week, but if the EURO's depiction happens, it will be less likely than the effects will be felt in South Africa.

  • Julian - 2012-03-05 13:39

    First time in history that the weatherman did not lie to us like our politicans do, they predicted the rain will come down hard this weekend in Durban so lets make the weatherman president!

  • mdebruyn1 - 2012-03-05 13:39

    This storm is doing her raindance, before she decides what to do. Nobody can predict nature, they can only guess as to what will happen next.

  • Vegi - 2012-03-05 14:39

    This shows the wisdom of our ancestors who resided in hurricane proof dweellings. I deny that the rubbish introduced by the so called civilization advances man in any manner whatsoever.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-05 15:42

      Trying hard to crack a smile but I'm just not feeling it...

      Peter - 2012-03-05 18:34

      Certainly a lot of the advances are regressive in the way we destroy the environment that we depend on for survival. That we still develop in the flood plains of rivers proves man is not that sensible.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-06 10:32

      So you prefer the cave then?

  • Melanie - 2012-03-05 14:51

    hey....why's my comment not showing??? is sh*t a swear word???? hahaha....but when i say the four lettered f word no one hassels! bizarre man bizarre!

  • Lee - 2012-03-05 15:00

    Well I have my son's 13th birthday disco party at home this Saturday night coming so please let it not rain because it is outside and we have to make boerie rolls on the webber as well...........

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-06 10:33

      Disco party? Is this the 70s?

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-05 16:00

    I'm just so pleased for the happy hippos which are now frolicking in the newly revived waters in North Kzn......

  • Wt - 2012-03-06 09:01

    Why is the tropical storm called Irina? It sounds harmless... should be called scorpio, you know, something with a sting.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-06 10:45

      They are named alphabetically, and the pre-chosen names alternate can be male or female. So if we have another cyclone next week, the name will start with a "J". It will be Cyclone Joni since the names are chosen upfront. 2011-212 season names: Alenga Benilde Chanda Dando Ethel Funso Giovanna Hilwa Irina (currently active) Joni (unused) Kuena (unused) Lesego (unused) Michel (unused) Noyana (unused) Olivier (unused) Pokera (unused) Quincy (unused) Rebaone (unused) Salama (unused) Tristan (unused) Ursula (unused) Violet (unused) Wilson (unused) Xavier (unused) Yekela (unused) Zania (unused

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-03-06 12:30

    Steer clear of girls the likes of Irina

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