The tropical storm Dineo reached land last night when it hit Inhambane in Mozambique.
Wind speed in the eye of the storm yesterday was estimated to be at around 120 km/h, ENCA reported. But with it comes wind gusts of more than 160 km/h.
In SA, Dineo is set to bring heavy rainfall in places over the northern lowveld and adjacent escarpment regions of Limpopo on Thursday evening, the SA Weather Service said.
“The greatest impact (with respect to South African provinces) is suggested to be overnight Thursday and into the morning hours of Friday, when heavy rain can be expected over the entire eastern half of Limpopo (including the Kruger National Park), where 100 to 200mm of rain could occur per day.
Traveller24 warns that South Africans should be on high alert as the threat of the cyclone could cause serious damage to property and vehicles. The storm could have disastrous affects on our roads.
The Department of Cooperative Governance said: “The Tropical Storms will lead to flooding that might cut off many communities, displace others, lead to loss of life, destruction of infrastructure and property. South Africa will not be immune or spared from the wrath of this cyclone.”
TIPS SHOULD YOU BE CAUGHT IN THE STORM
1 Always turn on your vehicle’s headlights in wet weather.
2 In heavy rain use the brighter (rear fog lights) setting for your car’s tail lights.
3 Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition and do a clean sweep.
4 Do not allow the inside of your car’s windows to mist up. Switch on front and rear screen demisters and your aircon – yes, an aircon dries the air and removes mist almost instantly.
5 Check your tyre tread: the legal minimum is 1mm but for safety’s sake make sure it’s treble that.
6 Worn shock-absorbers don’t keep the rubber hard down on the road; no road contact = no ABS, no grip and very little braking.
7 Cloudy and rain = poor visibility. Take extra care when overtaking – and remember not all drivers coming towards you will have their headlights on.
8 Adjust speed and following distance; at least six seconds to the car ahead. Ensure you can stop within the visible area ahead.
9 Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering which can result in a skid.
10 Don’t drive through deep water. It could damage your car and possibly cost you your life.
11 If you have no option but to drive through such water, then drive slowly in a low gear, holding the steering wheel steady.
12 After driving in heavy rain allow your brakes to dry – especially if your vehicle has drum brakes.
13 If you experience car/bike trouble turn on your hazard lights and try to move completely off the road. If possible, ensure that you have a reflective warning triangle to erect some distance behind your vehicle.
• Flowing water applies pressure to contact areas. The higher the speed the higher the pressure.
• With water that is 1m high it will flow out at a speed of 4.47 meters per second or 16km/h.
• Water that has fallen only 0.4m reaches a speed of 3.2km/h and can sweep a car off a road bridge.
• When water touches the underside of a vehicle, depending on the strength of the flow, it can lift a vehicle and even carry it away.
• A water depth of only 0.6m can float a car.