WATCH: Tropical cyclone Dineo leaves trail of destruction in M’bique

Tropical cyclone Dineo left a trail of destruction in its path yesterday as it hit the northern coast of Mozambique‚ before making its way to Maputo and parts of South Africa.

“People and businesses in the area around us will have suffered a lot of damage,” Brian Jefferies, of Jeff’s Palm Resort in Praia de Jangamo‚ Inhambane province, where the storm struck yesterday afternoon, said.

Roofs had been blown off houses and businesses‚ overhead electricity and telephone cables had been damaged and trees uprooted, he said.

After 8pm, the storm had reportedly reach the country’s capital‚ with heavy rains experienced in Maputo.

The cyclone would have no effect whatsoever on the Eastern Cape, provincial weather office spokesman Garth Sampson said earlier yesterday.

“Many social media platforms are saying it will hit the Eastern Cape tonight,” he said.

“We have had tons of calls from emergency services and we have had to dispel these fears.”

The SA Weather Service’s national spokeswoman, Hannelee Doubell, said: “Dineo is really living up to the notoriously fickle and unpredictable nature of such tropical systems.

“Overnight [on Tuesday], Dineo’s track began shifting to adopt a more westerly trajectory, departing from the mostly south-westerly track which dominated its movement.

“This is still a formidable storm system which has the potential to cause much damage to infrastructure.

“An obvious concern for communities in southern Mozambique will be heavy or torrential rain resulting in widespread flooding,” she said.

Today, Dineo is expected to migrate west, dumping heavy rain of up to 200mm on Mozambique, causing the lower reaches of the Limpopo River to flood and displace communities.

The cyclone would weaken once it was over land, Doubell said.

The World Meteorological Organisation’s Regional Specialist Meteorological Centre in Reunion was predicting heavy rain over the northern lowveld and adjacent escarpment regions of Limpopo tonight.

“The greatest impact on South African provinces will be overnight and early on Friday,” it said.

By tomorrow morning, the storm should begin dissipating.

6 thoughts on “WATCH: Tropical cyclone Dineo leaves trail of destruction in M’bique

  • February 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Many people are asking why the name Dineo.
    The unique name assigned a storm is done according to a pre-defined alphabetical list, valid for the current, in this 2016/2017, tropical storm season in the world’s oceans.

    In Dineo’s case, this is the South-West Indian ocean region.

    The list for our 2016/2017 tropical storm names are as follows: Abela, Bransby, Carlos, Dineo, Enawo, Fernando, Gabekile, Herold, Irondo, Jeruto, Kundai, Lisebo, Michel, Nousra, Olivier, Pokera, Quincy, Rebaone, Salama, Tristan, Ursula, Violet, Wilson, Xila, Yekela, Zania.

    The name ‘Dineo’, as seen in the list above, is an alphabetical follow-up to last week’s tropical storm named Carlos, which was the third such system in our ocean region this season, affecting the area east of Madagascar.

    Why would we name a storm?

    Tropical cyclones and subtropical cyclones are named by various warning centers to provide ease of communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts, watches, and warnings.

    The names are intended to reduce confusion in the event of concurrent storms in the same basin.

    Before the formal start of naming, tropical cyclones were named after places, objects, or saints’ feast days on which they occurred.

    When did we start naming storms?

    The credit for the first usage of personal names for weather systems is generally given to the Queensland Government Meteorologist Clement Wragge, who named systems between 1887 and 1907. This system of naming weather systems, however, fell into disuse for several years after Wragge retired, until it was revived in the latter part of World War II for the Western Pacific.

    Formal naming schemes and naming lists have subsequently been introduced and developed for the Eastern, Central, Western and Southern Pacific basins, as well as the Australian region, Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

    According to the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year up until the early 1950s.

    Over time, however, it was established that the use of short, easily remembered names in written as well as spoken communications would be quicker and would reduce confusion when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time.

    In 1953 then, the United States began using female names for storms and, by 1978, both male and female names were used to identify Northern Pacific storms. This was then adopted in 1979 for storms in the Atlantic basin as well.

    The naming of tropical storms is done on a universal basis by a strict procedure established by the World Meteorological Organization.

    In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in a season, any additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet.

    NOTE: Storm’s names can also change, and this happens when a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate.

    You would not, for example, find another Hurricane Katrina in our day, as this notorious storm, which occurred in 2005, was the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

  • February 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Never underestimate the power of praying so let’s keep on praying as long as we can

    • February 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      so true. God knows what we want but says we should ask


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