The South African Weather Service (Saws) has released a press statement on Monday, warning against the dangers of Tropical Storm Eloise. Intense bouts of rain and wind are set to lash several south-eastern African nations – and South Africa may also find itself in the firing line by the weekend.
Saws indicate that the business end of Eloise will reach Mozambique on Friday, and they’ve charted its progress so far:
“Tropical Storm Eloise has developed and is currently positioned off the north-eastern quadrant of Madagascar. At the current time, Eloise is classified to be a Moderate Tropical Storm – but nevertheless, it’s set to intensify in the coming days. It will require further monitoring from Friday, as it approaches Mozambique”
“This storm has the potential to make landfall along the southern Mozambican coastline, between Beira and Vilanculos, during the coming weekend. Eloise may also move on a more southerly parabolic path, which could potentially take it further down the Mozambican coastline and possibly into the north-eastern Lowveld of South Africa.”
The chance of Tropical Storm Eloise doing serious damage in South Africa has been downplayed significantly by Saws, however. They’ve branded this a ‘low probability event’, but remain on standby for the worst-case scenario.
“At this time, the speculative possibility of Tropical Storm Eloise directly affecting SA is just one of a multitude of possible outcomes, given the long lead-time, and should be considered to be a ‘low probability / high uncertainty’ worst-case scenario.”