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WEATHER ALERT: Severe thunderstorms expected – SAWS sends out weather watch alert

Parts of Gauteng are also placed under alert and can expect heavy downpours later this afternoon which may move into KZN.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has advised to watch for severe weather conditions for parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

Parts of Gauteng are also placed under alert and can expect heavy downpours later this afternoon which may move into KZN.

Photos taken earlier today of heavy lightning in the Free State.

ALSO READ: WEATHER WARNING: Thunderstorms expected for Newcastle and surrounding areas this afternoon

Motorists are urged to practice extreme caution in wet weather conditions.

The service issues the following weather safety tips:

Precautions to take during flooding:

– If walking outdoors, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles.

– Just 15cm of fast-moving flood water can knock a person off their feet and a depth of 60cm is enough to wash away a car.

– NEVER drive on a road covered by water. You do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away.

– If trapped within a vehicle by rising waters, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.

– Listen to special warnings on radio/or television.

– Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognise flood dangers.

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