Severe weather warning for large parts of SA

Is there a weather alert for your town? Flood threats have prompted evacuations in parts of KZN, and severe weather warnings have been issued for today and tomorrow.

Parts of the country are bracing for heavy downpours, high winds and possible hail after warnings were issued by the South African Weather Service (SAWS).

This morning, The Witness reported that emergency services started evacuating residents living in vulnerable areas below Henley Dam in KZN yesterday as heavy rains and rapidly rising dam levels increased the risk of flooding. It reported that the Henley Dam was at 107% capacity yesterday.

In a report published by The Citizen at midday, provincial Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Siboniso Mngadi said storms and flooding had devastated parts of the province, with several roads closed.

Provincial Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Siboniso Mngadi said storms and flooding had devastated parts of the province, with several roads closed.

Zululand Observer reported this afternoon that the Severe Weather and Information Centre SA Facebook page warned that strong to severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy downpours should be expected across KZN this afternoon, going into tomorrow.

This afternoon, visitors to the site shared photos of severe rain and black clouds in and around Klerksdorp, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cullinan. Meanwhile, Joburg emergency services are also on high alert after heavy rain in the city this morning.

Earlier this week, Ladysmith in KZN was again flooded after fatal flash floods in the town on Christmas Eve.

 

Alerts

Yesterday, SAWS issued warnings of disruptive thunderstorms and rainfall over large parts of the country for today, including parts of the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State, and North West.

Tomorrow’s outlook also predicts disruptive weather in parts of the country, including in parts of the North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Free State.

South Africans are urged to monitor weather alerts, stay away from streams and rivers and avoid using low-level bridges as sudden currents can sweep away people and vehicles.

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