SA weather office debunks hoax weather warning circulating on social media

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Figure 1: A geostationary satellite image (Meteosat Second Generation) of southern Africa. Severe Tropical storm Eloise is clearly visible as an impressive swirl of clouds, located in the middle of the Mozambique Channel, lying to the north-east of Beira, Mozambique. PHOTO: RGB false-colour image courtesy EUMETSAT 2021
Figure 1: A geostationary satellite image (Meteosat Second Generation) of southern Africa. Severe Tropical storm Eloise is clearly visible as an impressive swirl of clouds, located in the middle of the Mozambique Channel, lying to the north-east of Beira, Mozambique. PHOTO: RGB false-colour image courtesy EUMETSAT 2021
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No, South Africa is not about to get battered by a cyclone.

The South African Weather Service (Saws) released a statement on Wednesday saying they had become aware of a voice note, in Zulu, doing the rounds on social media platforms (especially WHATSPP).

“The message is an adaptation of an old historic interview with Saws, dating back to the period earlier this year when Tropical Cyclone Eloise affected southern Africa.

“We would like to distance ourselves from this misleading hoax message, which is completely misleading and unfounded. The public is requested to refrain from further circulating the message, and also correct those that still do so.

“Moreover, we strongly urge the general public to only access weather information and weather warnings from reputable sources. In this regard the Saws Act provides the mandate for Saws to be the single and authoritative source of weather warnings in South Africa.”

Saws directed people to their website, www.weathersa.co.za for the correct weather information and warnings.

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