Weather service warns of damaging waves, strong winds along KZN coast

These conditions have the potential to cause severe damage, thus provincial disaster management teams have been activated.

The South African Weather Service (Saws) has warned of damaging waves and strong winds along the KZN coast from Port Edward to Richards Bay this morning.

The yellow level 4 warning was issued yesterday, and prompted the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to issue a warning to members of the public and businesses to be cautious.

“These waves have the potential to disrupt small harbours or ports and cause damage to coastal infrastructure,” said the department in a statement.

A level 4 warning is issued from Port Edward to Richards Bay. Source: Saws.

The municipalities that may be affected are eThekwini Metro, Ray Nkonyeni, Umdoni, KwaDukuza, Mandeni, and uMlalazi.

According to the warning, waves are expected to reach heights of four to five meters, accompanied by winds ranging between 35-40 knots along the coast.

“These conditions have the potential to cause severe damage to infrastructure such as walkways, pipelines, properties, roads, and rail routes.

“Businesses and residents situated along the coast are advised to be on high alert and move to safer locations should the need arise,” said KZN Cogta.

Swimmers and beach-goers are urged to avoid entering the ocean during this period. Small vessels are advised to seek shelter in the nearest harbour.

The department has activated all disaster management teams in the affected municipalities, which will be closely monitoring the situation and respond to any eventuality.

Eastern Cape

Saws’ warning of damaging winds also extends into the Eastern Cape, between Port St. Johns and Cannon Rocks.

Damaging winds are expected in the Eastern Cape.

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