Tropical cyclone heading for KZN

2012-03-02 14:44

Johannesburg - Tropical cyclone Irina is expected to hit the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal over the next two to three days, the SA Weather Services said on Friday.

The storm system will dump an "extreme" amount of rain over the region, it warned.

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

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

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

She said the system should show signs of weakening by Tuesday.

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

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-03-02 14:47

    sho...good luck guys

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-02 15:19

      Good Luck to them, I love western cape.

      jandreleroux - 2012-03-02 17:46

      It is just a baby cyclone! It seems that by the time it reaches KZN it will "only" be a That said it gave us lots of rain here in Madagascar. Especially after Giovanna. Good luck! Keep dry and prepare some hot drinks!

      Christopher - 2012-03-02 21:52

      Yeehaaa.... surfs up guys and gals:)

  • Juanita - 2012-03-02 14:49

    Ouch... Goodluck

  • Charl - 2012-03-02 14:50

    seeing is beliving, u ppl can never get our weather right in richards bay! But i must ad, i cant wait, love it when it rains !

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-02 15:18

      Charl was here when Domoina struck waiting but got my water pump sorted and checked all overflow pipes just in case. Even got my Inflatable boat ready hehe

      Freddie - 2012-03-02 16:02

      Judging by your comment you were not there in 1984, I was. You will not love this rain if it is a repeat of Demoina. Imagine the heaviest cloud burst you have ever experienced, now imagine that non stop for three to four days...

      Johan - 2012-03-02 16:08

      we'll talk again, hey!!! domoina was NOT FUN !!!

      Charl - 2012-03-03 09:33

      okay im still waiting for this heavy rain , Look at my gram still working in the garden haha. . .

      Roland - 2012-03-03 23:31

      Seems the weather service is not so k#k, they have downgraded the cyclone warning to simply lots of rain...remember they don't make the weather, they just use everything at their disposal to try and predict (not like Nostradamus) what you might be experiencing weatherwise. Ja and my dad is a weatherman, and a damn good one!!!

  • Marion - 2012-03-02 14:51

    Stay safe everyone.

  • Dawie - 2012-03-02 14:56

    According to its projected to pass north of Maputo by which time it will likely have lost intensity and and be classified as a tropical storm or depression ... not a cyclone.

      Bluecrest - 2012-03-02 15:06

      Yeah, looks like Xai Xai is in for a bit of wet weather!

      Peter - 2012-03-03 06:30

      I was near Xai Xai just the other day and a hurricane was predicted. Nothing materialised, the weather was beaut for the whole 10 days I was there. KZN needs the rain to sort out St Lucia though, so I hope this one does not dissapoint.

  • Daan - 2012-03-02 15:04

    Kom ons hoop maar ons kry net lekker reen hier in Phalaborwa.

  • Raven - 2012-03-02 15:04

    Ah come on you negative commentators - SURF'S UP! Imagine the swell that thing will bring in!! But there goes my scuba weekend as the water will be a little dirty. I've been waiting for something like this for a long time - hope i'm not gonna be dissapointed... and as the weekend begins - IF YOU DON'T LIVE FOR SOMETHING, YOU'LL DIE FOR NOTHING!!

      Gavin - 2012-03-02 15:32

      Yes Rambo.

      Raven - 2012-03-02 16:06

      @ Gavin - Not quite Rambo, just some schmuck who finds life more fun and adventurous than moaning about some wheather (which i can do zip about) knocking out my power and interrupting 7de laan.

      Raven - 2012-03-02 16:17

      @ all those that gave me thumbs down - why? I did not not even mention mother nature - would that would be sexist? With our country imploding or exploding or nonploding you seem to have lost your sense of humour too. Come on, life can be a hell of a lot worse. You could be staring right down the barrel of a gun instead of a screen. Smile a bit and make people wonder what you've been up to!

      Ian - 2012-03-02 16:35

      Yes Dr Phil

      Kerry - 2012-03-02 16:49

      Have a bells

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-03-03 00:35

      Oh gee, for a minute there I thought I was on a "social media site" instead of News24.. almost posted what I'm doing this weekend!

  • Eugene - 2012-03-02 15:06

    I am driving up to Kosi bay on Sunday.... :-(

      Mark Wren - 2012-03-02 15:19

      Take your brollie and gum boots.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-02 15:20

      gud luck hehe

      Eugene - 2012-03-02 16:10

      MY girlfriend said it will be an adventure ;-)Going to be drinking a lot of 2M beer and some Rum and Rasberry!!

  • linda.barlow3 - 2012-03-02 15:06

    Amazing that this only appears as news now. The path has been predicted for this event for almost a week, but it only gets newsworthy now?

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-03-02 16:25

      Maybe, they were waiting for the news on that other cy-clown to pass.

      Lyzelle - 2012-03-02 16:40

      Take note - only female names for these storms - very unpredictable!!!!

      indianajohn - 2012-03-03 03:17

      Linda, and if they predicted it a week ago, and then it lost all its energy before it hit, you'd be complaining about how the weather service never gets it right.

  • Lebo - 2012-03-02 15:07

    Just out of interest, who names them?

      Mark Wren - 2012-03-02 15:18

      They're all given female names, in alphabetical order. I think the names come from some monitoring centre in US. Cyclone Iris means that it is the 9th cyclone this year as letter I is the 9th letter of the alphabet.

      Lebo - 2012-03-02 15:25

      I see...thanks Mark :-)

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-02 15:40

      They give them female names because when a woman divorces a man, she takes away the house and everything a man worked hard for, like a tropical cyclone.

      Lee - 2012-03-02 15:54

      Hey Lebo have you ever seen a woman angry???????? Well that's why they give these type of things female names...........hehehe VERY AFRAID.

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-03-03 00:12

      Lebo, good question and Mark, great informative INTELGENT answer unlike the "sexist Chauvinistic Childish" replies around this seriously grave topic.. Let's hope no lives are lost.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 15:12

    Buckle down! Keep children away from rivers and drains and ALL the best!

  • Angela - 2012-03-02 15:16

    Having just come back from Tembe they need the rain for the animals in winter so I hope it buckets down for them.

  • Candice - 2012-03-02 15:18

    @Lebo A list of names are compiled and maintained by various meteorological committees. They go through the list like the Alphabet, A-Z. A name on the list will be replaced if a storm given this name causes extensive damage and loss of life.

  • Pheeha Gabriel Lengeloi LaBodirwa - 2012-03-02 15:23

    there is a warning but all i know is others will take this as if its a Joke

      Raven - 2012-03-02 16:21

      Pheeha yes it's a warning - here is another: 100% of people eating carrots will DIE! There is nothing you can do about it - your choice is either crying in the rain or singing in the rain.

  • Martin - 2012-03-02 15:29

    Lets see if it happens. These cyclones can change direction so easily. is a good site if you're interested in following these cyclones.

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-03-02 15:29

    Get your speedos out

      S - 2012-03-02 16:00

      That is more scary than the cyclone :P

      indianajohn - 2012-03-03 03:17

      lol Stirrer

  • africanwolf - 2012-03-02 15:30

    All cyclones and huricans, are given female names because when they arrive they wet and wild, but before they go, they take the house and the car :) LOL

  • MattQ4 - 2012-03-02 15:37

    They arrive and everything is wet and wild.. then when they leave you lose your house, your car and all your possessions.. no wonder they give tropical storms women's names hee hee hee!!

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-03-02 16:18

      Screw the thumbs down club. This comment is funny...grow a sense of humor, girls.

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-02 16:03

    somebody is going to jail for giving out this info!!!!

  • rinatherockstar - 2012-03-02 16:21

    MY name is Irina!

      qvorster - 2012-03-03 08:40

      you go gal please tell all our kzn folk are you a wild one? just so we know

  • Linda - 2012-03-02 16:21

    Well, we will get through it! Great opportunity to spend time with your family in your home! What you make of it! =)

      Shirley - 2012-03-02 16:50

      Best of luck!

      Shirley - 2012-03-02 17:38

      WTF? I wish someone best of luck and get thumbs down? Some realy callous people on this site!

  • Laura - 2012-03-02 16:25

    Blue skies .not a cloud in the sky at the moment....rain is definitely needed in these parts.

  • Keith - 2012-03-02 16:35

    Check the ants....if they arebelting up yhe walls, the rain is coming!

  • desmond.jacobs1 - 2012-03-02 16:43

    Croc's in my pool again

  • Gareth - 2012-03-02 16:56

    oh please cyclone, spare the Kruger park, pretty please?!

  • billidp - 2012-03-02 17:32

    To all my friends living in KZN - Please take note!!

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-03-02 18:03

    And all KZN surfers rejoice.

  • Nicola Erasmus - 2012-03-02 18:21

    I hope News24 will be covering this like cy-clown Julius' expulsion. This is much more newsworthy in my opinion. Please keep us posted!!

  • Linda - 2012-03-02 19:06

    Hi, please pray that we are safe in Richards Bay and surrounding areas during these next few days of cyclone Irina. To some it may be a joke, but this is serious stuff. Many lives will be affected. Please pray for our safety. Thank you. Linda Naidoo, Brackenham, Richards Bay.

  • Vaugh6809 - 2012-03-02 19:19

    nice that SA weather has finely woken up.Lucky for me I look at other more accurate sites and have made plans for water pumps and the like.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-02 19:32

    I'd have a cyclone any day rather than this desert heat of the Northern Cape:/ Nothing's worse than a small, desert town, with trees few & far between with temperatures reaching over 33 every day:/ sucks.

  • Jonathan - 2012-03-02 20:09

    I was living at Komatipoort in 1984 when Demoina hit us. I have never seen so much water. We messured 800mm in 4 days. It is scary to experience so much rain non-stop for 4 days. Lets pray for all to be safe and that no damage will be done.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-02 21:10

    Stay indoors guys and keep safe !! :(

  • inwardk - 2012-03-02 22:50

    Oh dear - I remember Domoina - incredibly it was in 1984! Makes me feel ancient.

  • karsten.kaminski - 2012-03-03 01:36

    1984????????? You're out by three years lads and Wikipeedia does not count, they also have it wrong. Domoina hit the east coast roughly around September 1987.... Onc again poor journalism by News24.

      Kroese - 2012-03-03 02:50

      Yea, and comrate malema he got A in woodwork. Definitely poor journalism....

      Elize - 2012-03-03 05:54

      Karsten, perhaps you should brush up on you knowledge. Demoina was in 1984.

      Tom - 2012-03-03 07:12

      @Karsten - Which country's east coast? Try Wikipedia they might have the right date!

      Tom - 2012-03-03 07:17

      The September rain you refer to was just abnormal raining conditions that created havoc in Richards Bay and surrounds.

      Jonathan - 2012-03-03 23:28

      Domoina was in 1984 and severe flooding again in 1987 but not due to a cyclone. Just abnormal rain. It was two diffrent events.

      karsten.kaminski - 2012-03-05 00:12

      LOL eating some humble pie tonight, don't remember the cyclone in '84 but for some reason I always thought the floods we experienced in '87 was Demoina.. We live and learn :)

  • Peter - 2012-03-03 06:27

    This is exciting. I hope it is enough rain to bring Lake St Lucia back to life, fill it up and re open the mouth. A tragedy this fantastic system has collapsed due to drought and lack of human intervention to fix it. I'm holding thumbs big time.

      Charmaine - 2012-03-03 07:13

      yes yes they intervene in absolutely everything else. I agree, lets hope it brings st lucia back to how it was (with as little damage as possible, because the parks board will not be able to fix the damages as they cannot even fix their offices. Remember how it used to look like 25 years ago when our kids would watch the gorgeous snakes while we sorted out our camping payments. The curio shop was to die for and all other not so affected by nature. It was just an awesome holiday spot.

  • mr.james.preston - 2012-03-03 10:26

    Poloyatonki?? I am sorry?? The Cape gets Gale Force winds 11 months out of 12 and we get a "Cyclone" once every 25 years and you love Western Cape? Go figure.

  • Welile Nokuthula Ndlovu - 2012-03-03 11:07

    Am at Mapelane right now a couple of kilometres from St Lucia, so far its cloudy skies and a bit humid, it jus started being windy. Waiting to see.

      Peter - 2012-03-03 13:35

      At Mapelane - watch out for the crocs at the mouth, they're a hungry bunch! Maybe you will witness the lake mouth opening, that will be a brilliant experience.

  • Rose.Willemse - 2012-03-04 07:44

    It is raining non=stop.

  • Rose.Willemse - 2012-03-04 07:46

    It is raining bucketsful. Definitely similar to Domoina.

  • Claire Jenkins - 2012-03-04 09:36

    Any news on the bluff?

  • Lizel - 2012-03-04 12:23

    So far, LOTS of rain here on the North Coast of KZN, but NOT NEARLY as bad as initially expected. Hope it stays this way! We need the rain, hopefully without flooding!

  • Brenda Botha Nortje - 2012-03-04 16:21

    Since it started raining last nite, we've had almost 200mm of rain in Malvern. Really hope the lake in St Lucia "won the battle"

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