Cape Town - Category four Cyclone Dineo has the north-eastern parts of South Africa on high alert as Mozambique's National Emergency Operational Centre (CENOE) confirmed expected winds of up to 200 kilometres an hour within a 24-hour period.
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South Africa will start to experience the rain from this tropical system on Thursday over the Lowveld, spreading westwards by Friday. Disaster management teams have been activated in both KwaZulu-Natal and in the Kruger National Park.
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At a media briefing about the cyclone on Wednesday, 15 February, KZN's Cooperative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said that the province's disaster management teams are on full alert for storms and floods that may come from the approaching tropical cyclone on Thursday and Friday, 16 and 17 February - read more about contingency plans here.
Severe thunderstorms are expected in places over the southern parts of the Eastern Cape.
For Thursday then, the South African Weather Service has forecast a 60% chance of rain along the East Coast north of Durban, up to the Mozambican border at the northernmost part of the East Coast.
Heavy rains are expected over Ehlanzeni District of Mpumalanga and Vhembe and Mopani Districts of Limpopo Thursday evening, persisting in Friday.
The South African Weather Service says during Thursday, 16 February, Dineo is expected to begin migrating along a slightly west-north-westward (WNW) track, still as a significant rain-bearing system, but starting to weaken somewhat in intensity.
"Notwithstanding this, it is expected that much of southern Mozambique can expect very heavy rainfall, most likely in the region of 100 to 200mm per day (or even more). Bearing in mind that the lower portion of the Limpopo River flows directly through the Mozambican region which is most likely to be severely affected, this compounds the risk of flooding and for communities to possibly be displaced by this event.