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Breaking|Residents in Gauteng warned to expect more rainfall this week as Eloise hits SA
25/01/2021
25/01/2021

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  The South African Weather Service (SAWS) on Monday warned of more persistent rains for Gauteng this week, as Tropical storm Eloise continues to cause havoc in parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

  SAWS forecaster, Wayne Venter, on Monday told The Citizen that Gauteng residents could expect more cloudy and windy conditions with scattered showers throughout the day on Monday.

  

“We have a good chance of rainfall this entire week. Every day we have a 60% chance of showers and possible thundershowers as well,"Venter said.

“Today's [Monday] rainfall is definitely due to storm Eloise. By tomorrow [Tuesday] we still have a tropical moister over us with some showers, but that system will die down completely tomorrow.”

  

  Eloise was downgraded to an overland depression at the weekend, with winds of 55km/h. However, in Mozambique's port city of Beira, the damage was extensive with four people killed according to local officials.

  The tropical storm was forecast to be heading towards Zimbabwe and northern parts of South Africa.

  The National Weather Service has issued a red level 10 alert for the eastern regions of Limpopo and Mpumalanga from Sunday to Monday, which could lead to widespread disruption of travel services and flooding.

  "There has been extensive flooding in the eastern part of Mpumalanga and in the Mopani area of Limpopo city," he said.We saw widespread flooding in those areas yesterday (Sunday) and even this morning.

  "The warning that we have today remains for heavy rainfall in eastern Mpumalanga, northern KwaZulu-Natal, along the Limpopo River, bushland areas southwest of the Limpopo River and in the northernmost part of the North West Province," Venter said.

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