Kruger National Park (KNP) disaster management team is also on high alert as it is predicted that various parts of the park, particularly in the far north, will be affected.
By A Correspondent- The Meteorological Service Department (MSD) said that Tropical Storm Eloise had strengthened into a cyclone by Friday night but its trajectory in the country remained the same.
The overland depression is expected to reach the Limpopo/Zimbabwe border on Sunday morning, persisting into Monday.More news: This New App Brings iMessage to Android and Windows
"Rains associated with the cloud bands of the Tropical System Eloise should start of on the southern parts of Manicaland province as early as Friday evening 22 January 2021".
The Meteorological Services Department noted that the Moderate Tropical Storm Eloise is now in the northern part of the Mozambique Channel a position that draws moisture from the southern parts of Zimbabwe. "During the past 24 hours it has intensified significantly, given the very warm ocean waters (sea surface temperature (SST) close to 30°C ) of the Mozambique Channel, which provide an abundant source of energy to drive the system", said SAWS.
MSD warned as a result of the heavy rains huts, houses, utility poles and trees or branches could collapse.More news: Faithful dog waits six days outside Turkish hospital for sick owner
It is now identified as a category 2 cyclone after making landfall in Mozambique.
However, extreme rainfall is still expected over southern Mozambique, parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces as well as northern KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend and into Monday.
SAWS warns that there is a severe risk (Orange Alert Level 9) for disruptive rain affecting Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, Greater Giyani Municipality and Maruleng. "We're expecting maximum winds to go up to about 90 knots, which is 180km/h sustained winds".More news: LG Rollable phone’s future is uncertain, may be cancelled soon
A level four yellow warning of a significant risk of damaging winds has also been issued by SAWS.