DURBAN – South African energy utility company Eskom stated on Monday that the tropical storm Eloise had had no major impact on its operations.
As heavy rains proceed to fall over components of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal, Eskom stated it’ll proceed to watch the storm’s impact on its services.
Eskom additionally urged the general public to cut back their electrical energy consumption, to keep away from pointless stress on the system.
“On Sunday night, the storm passed through the transmission lines from Cahora Bassa in Mozambique without any incident. The high-risk sections of the transmission lines were reinforced after similar storms in previous years,” Eskom stated in a press release on Monday.
Eskom stated dangers remained, as flooding of rivers and uprooting of timber posed a menace to electrical energy transmission traces.
“Typically, heavy rainfall for four or less days does not pose a significant threat to power station operations, but continuous heavy rainfall for more than four days does hamper coal handling at the power stations and the mines supplying them,” the utility stated.
Eskom stated that there had been energy outages in some components of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KZN as poles and timber fell on energy traces.
Eskom pleaded for persistence from the communities in these affected areas, as its groups had been working to soundly restore energy through the storm.
The Kruger National Park in north-eastern South Africa suffered heavy flooding on account of tropical storm Eloise to all however its central area, SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla stated on Monday.
Phaahla stated that some components of the park had been nonetheless submerged in water and the true extent of harm was but to be decided.
“The park has experienced significant rainfall that led to the evacuation of bushveld camps and the closure of gravel roads. The Punda Maria to Shingwedzi main road only reopened today as well as the Mopani Phalaborwa road,” stated Phaahla.
According to the South African Weather Service, Eloise is predicted to convey continued rain, with flooding anticipated in components of the KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces.
Charters Creek in northern KZN obtained round 205mm of rainfall over the previous 24 hours (till 8am on Monday), the climate service posted on its Twitter account on Monday.
Komatidraai in Mpumalanga, adjoining to the Mozambican border, obtained round 127mm of rain, whereas Nelspruit obtained 116mm.