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On Thursday morning, the South African Weather Service released a warning that more rains were expected in flood-soaked provinces…

Disruptive rainfall has caused havoc across the north-eastern and central parts of the country in recent weeks, with clean-up operations well underway.

Fortunately, during this past week, South Africans living in the north-eastern parts of the country have finally enjoyed some sunshine and relief from the rain. However, this relief is likely to be short-lived in certain areas as further disruptive rainfall is expected over the weekend and into early next week.

Rainy weekend predicted for parts of the country

A weak tropical low pressure that is currently situated in the Mozambique Channel is expected to move south-westwards over southern Mozambique.

This low pressure is likely to result in further disruptive rainfall, especially over the eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces as well as over the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. The rain is expected to start on Friday evening (12 February) and continue over the weekend, persisting into Monday (15 February).

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Not the same as “Eloise”

The SAWS emphasised that the  weather system was in no way as strong as the Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” which recently brought devastating floods to the area.

“The main concern with this rainfall is that it is expected to affect areas which have recently been negatively impacted.”

Wind and rain ahead

“Winds will start to pick up on Sunday,” warned the service.

“Possibly resulting in damage to settlements and the risk of trees or large branches toppled by strong, gusty winds. Structural damage to houses and roads is therefore possible, whilst closure of certain susceptible and key routes should also be anticipated.”

“Electrical infrastructure could also be damaged, hence the public are strongly urged to treat any fallen or damaged wires and electrical poles as being live and to stay well away from such wires or structures. Unexpected, localised electrical outages can therefore also be expected, which may take time to repair, depending on the extent and severity of damage to infrastructure.

The rainfall is expected to start easing off towards the end of next week, however the South African Weather Service will continue to monitor the situation very closely and issue updates as needed.

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