Expected Heavy Rains Over The Country With Potential Flooding From Saturday 10 to Tuesday 13 December 2016
Press Release: 8 December 2016
The Department strongly advises that this is a heightened warning and urges the general public to take serious note of this.
A cloud system currently affecting Botswana and South Africa is forecast to move into Zimbabwe from Friday 9 December. At the same time a low pressure system in the middle levels of the atmosphere should also enter the country from Zambia. This combination is conducive for increasing and squeezing the moisture in the country, hence increased precipitation.
Expected Weather From Saturday 10 to Tuesday 13 December 2016
Widespread heavy rains (in excess of 50mm in 24 hours) are forecast for throughout the country. In the high ground areas along the central and northern watershed as well as the Eastern Highlands, rainfall in excess of 80mm in 24 hours is highly probable. This is especially more so between Sunday 11 and Tuesday 13 December 2016.
Implications and Recommendations
Indications are that these rains may result in sharp downpours, damaging winds, lightning, hail and flash flooding. Uprooting of trees and damage to infrastructure cannot be ruled out with this type of rainfall intensity.
The Department, by way of this press release, is alerting responsible authorities such as Department of Civil Protection, Local Authorities, the Police, rescue services including religious organizations, power utilities, to be on the alert for the duration of this period.
The Department is also grateful to the partnership with the media regarding information on areas affected by disasters. The public is also being requested to provide feedback or information on disasters. We are on twitter, facebook and whatsapp as well as having a website.
In addition to the above, please contact the Public Weather Services on +263 4 778176 or monitor our daily weather forecasts.
Issued by Meteorological Services Department
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