Several videos shared online show wind and rain conditions escalating as tropical storm Eloise approaches Beira, Mozambique. The category 1-equivalent cyclone entered into the Mozambique Channel early on 21 January 2021.

Cyclone Eloise is expected to make landfall in Mozambique near Beira by Saturday 23 January. Bookmark this page, we’ll be adding more videos in due course. As per the South African Weather Service (SAWS):

“Eloise is expected to make landfall near Beira in Mozambique. It is then expected to become an overland depression and result in significant rain over eastern parts of SA.”.

Tropical storm Eloise: What you need to know

A tropical storm (or tropical cyclone) is a rapidly rotating storm system, generally with a lifespan of 12 to 24 hours.

It is characterised by a low-pressure centre and a closed low-level atmospheric circulation. Such storms also bring about strong winds and an arrangement of thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall.

As reported by NASA, the storm also had maximum sustained winds of about 65 knots (120 kilometres per hour), which is the equivalent to a category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

NASA warned it “has the potential to strengthen even more”.

Will Eloise reach South Africa?

Extreme rainfall brought on by tropical storm will hit South Africa’s eastern Lowveld, as well as regions of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and Northern KwaZulu-Natal on 24 and 25 January 2021.

In addition, upwards of 200mm is likely to fall to the east to the east of Nelspruit, with Phalaborwa and Giyani bracing for a 150mm deluge. Gauteng and the North West will be hit on 25 to 26 January, but not as severely.

Moreover, northern parts of Gauteng will get a maximum of 15mm rainfall as the storm winds down. That said, the SAWS warns that impact as a result of the storm could result in flooding and damage to roads and bridges.

We reported earlier this week that a level 4 (yellow) warning of a significant risk of damaging winds was issued by SAWS. Read more here: Weather service issues Level 4 warning for SA.

Watch: Tropical storm Eloise nears Mozambique