Heavy rainfall, flooding expected despite Dineo downgrade

2017-02-16 10:58
A category 4 tropical storm has already started showing devastating effects across the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane, Mozambique. (Supplied)

A category 4 tropical storm has already started showing devastating effects across the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane, Mozambique. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - A cyclone over Mozambique was downgraded to a tropical depression on Thursday morning but South Africans should still exercise caution.

"We now call it ex-Dineo. It moved overland and didn't have the energy to sustain the power it had before. We have sustained wind speeds of between 51km/h and 62km/h," explained SA Weather Service forecaster Wayne Venter.

He said the weather system had weakened but warnings for heavy rainfall and flooding in the Ehlanzeni district in Mpumalanga and the Vhembe and Mopani districts in Limpopo remain.

These conditions were expected from late Thursday afternoon until Friday morning.

By the weekend those regions could expect decreased rainfall as the tropical depression system moves into Botswana.

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