Severe thunderstorms set to strike in parts of KZN

Severe thunderstorms set to strike in parts of KZN

Inclement weather conditions including severe thunderstorms are expected to affect western parts of the province of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday afternoon and going into the evening.

The areas which will be affected include the Districts of Harry Gwala, uThukela, Umgungundlovu, Amajuba, Umzinyathi and Zululand and parts of King Cetshwayo.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED IN KZN

According to the weather warning that was issued by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) the expected severe thunderstorms pose a risk of heavy rains which can lead to localised flooding.

This can damage settlements and infrastructure, and excessive lightning which can possibly cause injuries to both humans and livestock.

KZN Cogta MEC, Sipho Hlomuka said Disaster Management teams have been placed on high alert and will be monitoring the weather conditions closely.

“We appeal to residents to be cautious as the inclement weather conditions do pose a serious risk to human life.”

Residents are urged to:

• Stay indoors, if outdoors seek shelter immediately but not under trees, telephone lines and power lines.

• Take caution or avoid travelling on bridges and roads in low lying areas as these may be susceptible to flooding and there maybe sinkholes.

• Avoid outdoor activities as lightning may result in injuries.

• If possible stay indoors well clear of windows, shelter pets, cover vehicles and

• Disconnect electrical appliances.

Recently, weather conditions in and around Ladysmith left a trail of death and destruction in its wake. More than 100 people were evacuated, over 25 people lost their lives, and several others were reported missing.

Floodwaters receded and this left the streets of Ladysmith in dirty, muddy slime.