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Tropical Storm DINEO now expected to reach Tropical Cyclone stage on Wednesday

Feb 14, 2017
Tropical Storm DINEO now expected to reach Tropical Cyclone stage on Wednesday

The Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) La Reunion has updated the expected evolution of Tropical Storm DINEO, which is now expected to reach Tropical Cyclone stage (winds of up to 118-165km/h) early on Wednesday.

"Further intensification is expected and the storm will reach the Intense Tropical Cyclone (winds of up to 166-212 km/h) around midday (Wednesday), before making landfall at midnight near Inhambane in southern Mozambique. South Africa will only start to experience the rain from this tropical system on Thursday over the Lowveld, spreading westwards by Friday," said Ezekiel Sebego, from the SA Waether Services.

"Over the South Africa today, scattered thundershowers are expected to develop mainly this afternoon over the central, south-eastern and eastern parts with heavier showers possible over the south-eastern parts of Mpumalanga and northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

"Moderate tropical storm DINEO will be closely monitored and updates will be sent as soon as they are available."

Sebego said that the South African Weather Service will continue to monitor any further developments relating to this weather system and will issue subsequent updates as required.

Furthermore, the public is urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio.

Updated information can also be found at www.weathersa.co.za as well as via the SA Weather Service Twitter account @SAWeatherService

Image: Moderate tropical storm Dineo; in the Mozambique Channel at 08h00 local time this morning (14 February 2017). RGB composite image (c) EUMETSAT 2017