The South African Weather Service (Saws) has increased the weather warning to a level 10, which is the highest warning to be issued, for some coastal areas in KwaZulu-Natal.
The weather office said the widespread showers and thundershowers are expected across KZN as a result of a cut-off low associated with a surface high pushing in moisture over the eastern parts of the country.
“Some stations have recorded quite significant rainfall amounts in the past 24 hours and models indicate an accumulation of more than 200 mm in some places along the KZN coast.
“Considering the vulnerability of some of these areas, these conditions will result in severe impacts over the eastern parts of KZN [on Saturday and Sunday],” said Saws.
Areas expected to be affected include Big Five Hlabisa – Hlabisa, Big Five Hlabisa – Hluhluwe, Ethekwini, Jozini, KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Maphumulo, Mkhambathini, Mthonjaneni, Mtubatuba, Ndwedwe, Nongoma, Ulundi, Umdoni, Umhlabuyalingana, uMhlathuze, uMlalazi and Phongolo.
The weather office said residents can expect widespread flooding of roads and, danger to life due to fast-flowing streams, displacement of affected communities, mudslides, rockfalls and soil erosion.
A level 4 weather warning was issued for Abaqulusi, Alfred
Duma – Indaka, Alfred Duma – Ladysmith, Dannhauser, Dr N. Dlamini-Zuma –
Underberg, eDumbe, eMadlangeni, Endumeni, Greater Kokstad, Impendle, Ingwe,
Inkosi Langalibalele – Estcourt, Inkosi Langalibalele – Sobabili, Maphumulo,
Mpofana – Giants Castle, Mpofana – Mooi River, Msinga, Newcastle, Nkandla,
Nquthu, Okhahlamba, Ray Nkonyeni, Richmond, The Msunduzi, Ubuhlebezwe, Umdoni,
uMngeni, uMshwathi, UMuziwabantu, Umvoti, Umzimkhulu and Umzumbe.
Saws said a cut off low is over the northern interior of the
country and is associated with a surface high resulting in low-level moisture
“These systems are associated with significant rainfall
amounts which may result in flooding of roads, bridges and settlements over the
interior and western parts of KZN [on Saturday] and over the eastern parts and
northern interior [on Sunday].