The South African Weather Service has announced a Red level 10 Warning for eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga due to persistent heavy rain.
This comes as Tropical Storm Eloise wreaked havoc on some parts of the country after it made landfall on Friday.
The Cape Town Weather Office said the storm would predominantly affect the eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga as well as the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, and would not affect the Western Cape at all.
According to SAWS, more heavy rain is expected to hit Limpopo and Mpumalanga today.
“This will cause serious strain on emergency services. Take extreme caution in these areas,” said SAWS in a tweet.
SAWS forecaster Lulama Pheme added that the coast could also experience gale-force winds due to the choppy and gusty seas.
“The threshold for heavy rain is 50 millimetres, but we are expecting between 100 to 300 millimetres. Lives could be lost to the flooding if residents are not cautious.”
Meanwhile, Eskom said contingency plans were in place after conducting risk and impact assessments on infrastructure and the provision of electricity by the tropical storm.
“Teams are on standby to mitigate these risks. Heavy rainfall and storms will hit most parts of Mpumalanga, where most of our power stations are situated but we have ‘wet coal’ contingency plans. Extra staff were added to attend to faults. We are working closely with the national disaster management centre and the provincial disaster management centres in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal,” read the statement.