ALERT: Flash floods and severe thunderstorm warning for KZN

2017-11-10 08:37 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - The SA Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a warning for heavy rain and a watch for severe thunderstorms in parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Friday afternoon.

They expect heavy rains which may lead to flash flooding over the KZN coast and adjacent interior from this afternoon.

This includes Ugu, Ethekwini, iLembe, KingChetswayo and uMkhanyakhude.

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SAWS also issued a warning for severe thunderstorms with possible hail and strong winds expected this afternoon over northwestern KZN.

This includes uThukela, Amajuba, Zululand and uMzinyathi.

SAWS urges residents to go inside when thunder starts roaring, and avoid metal object and playing sports outside. They also recommend disconnecting electrical appliances.

During heavy rain, please stay indoors and avoid crossing rivers and streams that are above your ankles. Never drive on a road covered in water, and if trapped in a vehicle or if it stalls, abandon it and get to higher ground.

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In buildings make sure your valuables are safely secured, and switch off electricity at the supply point, and if you have livestock take your animals to higher ground.

SAWS also advises to be especially cautious at night when you may be unable to detect flood dangers. Listen to the radio and TV for any emergency broadcasts from disaster officials.

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