Tropical cyclone Dineo upgraded to cyclone status

Tropical cyclone Dineo upgraded to cyclone status

By the time it reaches the north-eastern parts of SA on Thursday evening‚ it is likely to result in heavy rains and flooding.

The fifth tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean season formed today, February 13 as NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the storm.

Severe tropical storm Dineo will deepen into an intense tropical cyclone on Wednesday, packing wind of 166 kilometres (100 miles) an hour, the South African Weather Service said in a statement.

"Along the southern coastline of Mozambique, strong and damaging winds (are predicted), as well as sea conditions are expected to become very rough", the statement said, forecasting a storm surge centered near Xai Xai city.

The storm will only develop into a tropical cyclone when it reaches land.

"During Thursday, 16 February, Dineo is expected to begin migrating along a slightly west-north-westward track, still as a significant rain-bearing system, but starting to weaken somewhat in intensity".

"Heavy rainfall may occur in places over the Lowveld and adjacent escarpment regions tomorrow night, but the greatest impact on South African provinces is likely to be on Friday". But the Ehlanzeni region of Mpumalanga and the Vhembe region of Limpopo are expected to be hit, as well as other parts of Limpopo.

On Monday afternoon forecaster Lebogang Mashile confirmed that Dineo had not yet been named‚ as it was still a tropical disturbance.

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