The SA Weather Service (SAWS) has forecast inclement weather conditions across the Umgungundlovu and Harry Gwala Districts, moving towards the uThukela District in KwaZulu-Natal.
Pietermaritburg residents ran for cover as hailstones battered the KwaZulu-Natal capital on Monday. Msunduzi municipality warned motorists to drive with caution as the roads were wet and slippery.
According to SAWS, thunderstorms were being observed over parts of Harry Gwala, Umgungundlovu, moving towards the east and south-east and are expected to affect parts of Umzinyathi and uThukela.
A yellow alert level 2 warning was issued for thunderstorms and was issued in the province, accompanied by hail, downpours and thunderstorms, strong damaging winds and severe lightning.
The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal said it had placed all disaster management teams on high alert, and it urged communities to exercise the utmost caution as these inclement weather conditions posed a risk to human life
“The inclement weather conditions are expected to bring heavy rains, hailstorms and the possibility of lightning in several areas. Communities are urged to heed the weather warnings and ensure that they take all the necessary safety precautions,” said MEC Sipho Hlomuka.
He said people should avoid crossing flooded rivers in rural areas, animals should be moved to a safe and secure shelter, and outdoor events should be postponed.
“Ensure children are kept away from flooded streams and rivers during stormy conditions. Disaster management teams will continue to monitor all areas that are prone to weather-related incidents,” he said.
Source: The South African, The Citizen, IOL, Times Live, image from The Citizen: iStock