Heavy rains hits Jozini in northern KZN - Tropical cyclone Eloise not expected to be as severe as initially predicted

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
PHOTO: Twitter/SAWS
PHOTO: Twitter/SAWS

Heavy rain hit Jozini, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday afternoon but the South African Weather Service (Saws) said it does not expect more severe weather conditions as tropical cyclone Eloise has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

“The cyclone has been downgraded to a tropical depression because as soon as it reaches the land it loses its energy and the wind speeds are also decreasing,” said Saws weather forecaster Julius Mahlangu.

ALSO READ | Tropical cyclone Eloise wreaks havoc as it passes through Mozambique

“It is forecasted that some areas in the northern KZN, including Jozini, will experience disruptive heavy rains leading to flooding due to the tropical depression. Reports from disaster management teams indicate that Jozini is already having floods in those areas,” he said.

Residents in Jozini and surrounding areas told The Witness that they were experiencing heavy rains on Sunday afternoon but there were no strong or damaging winds.

Mahlangu said eThekwini and uMgungundlovu municipalities will not be affected by the system but might experience some light rain.

“The three municipalities that can expect destruction from heavy rains are King Cetshwayo, Mkhanyakude and Zululand areas.”

ALSO READ | WEATHER UPDATE: Northern KZN braces for impact of tropical cyclone, disaster management teams on standby

He said the heavy rains, which started on Sunday afternoon, are expected to start subsiding by Monday afternoon.

“By Monday evening we should see some easing in terms of the amount or rainfall,” said Mahlangu

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Daily Poll
Today is one year since it was announced that South Africa had its first Covid-19 case. How did you feel when you heard that news?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Shocked and worried
23% - 21 votes
I didn't realise the gravity of it at the time
46% - 41 votes
Not worried then, not worried now
31% - 28 votes
Vote
Latest Issue

View the Witness in PDF

Latest Issue
Read the latest news from KZN in digital form.
Read now