UPDATE:Tropical depression downgraded

18 Feb 2017 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) – The feared tropical depression expected to hit Namibia on Saturday weakened considerably and was downgraded to a low pressure system of moderate rainfall and strong winds up to 24 kilometre per hour (Km/h).
This means scattered to wide spread rainfalls ranging from 60 to 80 millimetres are expected.
Deputy Director of the Meteorological Service Division, Franz Uirab said in a statement on Saturday that the tropical depression entered Namibia through the north-westerly trajectory and passed over the northern parts of the Omaheke, Kavango East and West, Zambezi and Otjozondjupa regions.
He said by mid-morning, the depression was situated over the Oshikoto, Oshana, Kavango West, Kavango East and north Otjozondjupa region.
The pressures are expected to fall and deepen over Namibia’s west coast.
The heavy rains accompanied by moderate to fresh winds are expected from Saturday to Monday.
“It is emphasised that the cyclonic systems abruptly change direction and intensity hence the Metrological Service Division will continue to issue regular updates,” he said.
Namibia Meteorological Services Chief Forecaster, Odillo Kgobetsi said a resident of Tsumeb called Saturday morning giving information on heavy rainfall received there.
“A lady called informing us that it rained heavily in Tsumeb and that there was power outage. She was worried if she would get to work,” said Kgobesti, adding heavy rainfall was also received in Tsumkwe.
Figures of the heavy rainfall and information on any destruction was not available.
(NAMPA)
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