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.

  • amanda - 2012-03-02 20:24

    Looking at it on the news map yesterday and today on E News this is the largest cyclone I have ever seen in my lifetime. Brace yourselves KZN -this is not looking good. My thoughts and prayers to all my KZN friends and family - stay safe.

      Mr Kcopah - 2012-03-03 13:15

      haha! maybe its a racist comment

  • Sean - 2012-03-02 20:43

    Good luck , hope you will all be safe !!

  • amanda - 2012-03-02 20:44

    In 1984 I was in Durban during tropical cyclone Demoina - I dont remember if we were even aware of what was to hit us back then in those days. At least people are now better informed.

  • Charmaine - 2012-03-02 21:04

    OMG, I pray for all the people to be safe. Especially those living in shacks. God Have Mercy, amen.

  • Grace - 2012-03-02 21:13

    Scary stuff !

  • Dmitri - 2012-03-02 21:32

    New Zealand is being hit by a huge storm. There is flooding in central Australia. Now we have a tropical storm about to hit us. Alaska has had it's coldest winter in over 45 years with Fairbanks hitting -65C !!! Trying to figure out this weather pattern is impossible. I hope that the folks in KZN take whatever measures they can to stay safe. Hope all turns out well and that the storm weakens before it hits.

      jeanclaude.rivalland - 2012-03-03 12:37

      hi Dmitri Yeah im from Amanzimtoti (Durban) But residing in Auckland NZ at the moment and they predicted a huge storm to come through but luckily it wasnt as bad as they anticipated,winds were recorded at 159km/h and alot of rain in a short amount of time,but nothing serious. Hope my family and friens in Durban stay safe.

  • Grunt - 2012-03-02 21:42

    Many weather stations could have announced several days ago that a major cyclone was developing in the Indian Ocean–the signs have been on overseas websites for about two days now. This news two days ago would have given us far more warning in which to take appropriate action, in some cases, evacuation to higher ground. The late warning we are now given is the result of recent legislation that prevents anyone and any organisation but the Weather Bureau from pronouncing a warning of bad weather to come! Good luck to all of you in KZN, and to people wherever this cyclone travels.

  • Winsome - 2012-03-02 21:55

    This looks scary - please keep your animals safe too!

  • Paul - 2012-03-02 22:21


  • Byrone Jansen - 2012-03-03 01:47

    Damn! I live in KZN.....This Sucks!, I thought I was safe here coming from america... Now it starts heRe....why meeeee!!!!

      Marion - 2012-03-03 12:44

      Hi Byrone.... the good news is that we haven't had the sort of natural disasters experienced in other countries to date. According to weather bureau though that is changing.

  • karsten.kaminski - 2012-03-03 01:47

    Cyclone Domoina actually happened in '87. I remember it..... Only realised the mix up the journalists made after hearing about the worst storm since '84??? There was no major storm in '84! Wikipedia also has it wrong by the way and as I suspect is the source of our journalists **** news!

      AdrianFrith - 2012-03-03 02:18

      No, Wikipedia has it right, confirmed by a number of references linked to from the article. What you are probably thinking of was the cut-off low in September 1987 which caused heavy rains and flooding in central KZN, but that wasn't Domoina.

      saulstaina - 2012-03-03 03:18

      cynthia.wannenburg - 2012-03-03 10:32

      Cyclone Demoina was in 1984, as I lost my brother in that cyclone, it was at the end of January, he was missing for 4 days and his body was found on the 31.01.1984, St Lucia, he was working for Spoornet and he was on a call out when the bridge collasped, so please be warned this is dangerous stuff.

      Craig Malcolm Gibbon - 2012-03-03 10:40

      Cyclone Domoina was in 1984!!! My brother was born in late March '84 and we had to drive the Domoina route to get to the Eastern Transvaal as it was then known to fetch my Grandmother. We had floods in 1987 as well, but not as much damage as in '84. Get your facts right! Craig Gibbon, Richards Bay.

      ReaperAJ - 2012-03-03 10:52

      actually, there was a cyclone in 1984. It was extremely bad. I remember sitting in my aunts living room watching it tear up her rockery. I'm in Durban and it was very hard hit. We sat inside watching her shrubs and tree branches flying around outside. The one in 1987 was another story, that was also really bad.

      ReaperAJ - 2012-03-03 10:56 check that out

  • John - 2012-03-03 05:35

    I'm going to surf the waves there. If anyone from "Moyo" Ushaka is here....please book me a table. I'm comming. Now or never....

  • Raymond - 2012-03-03 06:43

    Guys up there - good luck and stay off the roads. It's going to be a big one!!

  • rgsmith3 - 2012-03-03 08:50

    More of this type of thing in the near future. God's judgment!!

      Andy 'Peg' Chadwick - 2012-03-03 11:29

      This is a news page. Please go and bash your religion elsewhere. The cyclone is weather related, not mythical.

      daniel.oosthuizen - 2012-03-03 12:49


      Marion - 2012-03-03 12:50

      As a christian certainly do not accept this 'God's judgement' nonsense. If that was the case we would all have been wiped out l-o-n-g ago. Not wanting to enter into any religious arguments please, just stating how I feel about 'God's judgement' vs natural weather patterns that are perhaps exacerbated by mankind.

      Andrew - 2012-03-03 17:45

      in that case gods judgement has been going on for a few billion years, way before humans arrived on the scene.

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-03-03 12:33

    To the people in KZN, please store the water and send it up to very dry places in our country that have had little to no rain this entire summer. Some places are totally DESPERATE for water!

  • jj.esterhuizen2 - 2012-03-03 14:38

    They also say the storm is going to hit some parts of MP and around . is this true or just....

      Peggy Ann Stoltz - 2012-03-03 15:01

      Some parts of MP might experience heavy rainfall. As far as I know the Kruger park is preparing for possible floods.

  • KhumbuPeekay - 2012-03-03 14:53

    children of God let us stand and a prayer like Joshua that cozd the sun to stand still. Jesus said we can do wat He did and even more, the glory of the later house is greater then the former. this means we can comman a stop to this cyclone the wearther people are talking about in Jesus name

  • KhumbuPeekay - 2012-03-03 14:53

    children of God let us stand and a prayer like Joshua that cozd the sun to stand still. Jesus said we can do wat He did and even more, the glory of the later house is greater then the former. this means we can comman a stop to this cyclone the wearther people are talking about in Jesus name

  • Jonathan - 2012-03-03 15:01

    Its a tropical storm now and not nearly as bad as these idiot reporters make out. they should check their facts before posting nonsens

  • tilla.smit - 2012-03-03 16:15

    my thoughts and prayers to KZN.

  • Jocelyn - 2012-03-03 19:10

    Is there anyone out there who is booked for the cruise aboard the MSC Sinfonia to depart on Monday 5 March 2012. Things are not looking good, I was so looking forward to this trip.

      Liz - 2012-03-03 20:21

      Joycelyn be careful! A month or so ago one of these cruises booked to a Portuguese Island loaded all its passengers and then as they were leaving told them there was a change in destination because of a tropical storm/cyclone. Passeners were upset and felt they had been cheated and should have been given the option of cancelling or changing to another trip. Perhaps you need to hear from your travel agent so you know what lies ahead!

  • Jocelyn - 2012-03-03 21:10

    Liz, thanks for that! On my first cruise aboard the Rhapsody (2009)our first stop was meant to be Mauritius however we were told that we were being diverted to Reunion due to bad weather, passengers were livid as some of them had experienced this before. This trip is scheduled for Bazaruta Island in Mozambique which is where most of the activity is. I am just hoping for the best.

  • Kathy - 2012-03-03 23:49

    Praying that everyone will be kept safe

  • Sean - 2012-03-04 01:28

    Too many people love the thumbs down WHY WHY get your surfboards and boats ready!!

  • Sphumelele - 2012-03-04 08:58

    if the worse storm was in '84 then what was in '87? Their fact are not right

  • Mlungisi Khumalo Lindela - 2012-03-05 09:02

    i think the weather report has been exaggerated a bit, yes durban got heavy rain,bt not as predicted...

  • dmustard3 - 2012-03-07 20:42

    aint seen nothing serios yet in pinetown

  • amith.singh.984 - 2012-10-31 21:44


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