Dineo has grown from a tropical disturbance on Monday to a moderate tropical storm. The latest update indicates that it may grow even stronger.
“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‚ [with] winds of up to 118-165km/h‚ early on Wednesday.
“Further intensification is expected and the storm will reach the Intense Tropical Cyclone [stage‚ with] winds of up to 166-212km/h around midday on Wednesday‚ before making landfall at midnight near Inhambane in southern Mozambique‚” the weather service said in a statement.
South Africa will begin experiencing rain from Dineo on Thursday over the Lowveld‚ moving west by Friday. On Tuesday afternoon scattered thundershowers are expected to develop over the country’s central‚ south-eastern and eastern parts.
Dineo is being closely monitored with further updates expected‚ the weather service said.
Parts of Mpumalanga‚ Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal are most likely to be caught in Dinoe’s grip‚ with heavy rains and flooding later this week.