A dark storm is brewing over Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Such is the nature of the impending tempest, the KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is issuing a stern warning to residents.
KZN Cogta claims severe thunderstorms are forecast over Abaqulusi (Vryheid), eMadlangeni (Utrecht), Endumeni (which is an administrative area of the Emzinyathi Municipality which covers Glencoe and Dundee), Mandeni, Mtubatuba, Nkandla, Nongoma, Nquthu, uMfolozi, uMlalazi and uPhongolo. South African Weather Service also warns of thunderstorms over Newcastle.
The impact of the storms sees a strong possibility of damaging winds and hail, affecting the areas mentioned above, according to KZN Cogta—leading to localised damage to infrastructure, informal settlements, property, vehicles, livelihood and livestock.
Localised flooding of susceptible roads, low lying areas and bridges are also expected. KZN Cogta accentuates, “If outdoors, seek shelter immediately. But do not seek shelter under a tree, under telephone lines and/or power lines. Avoid outdoor activities as hail, strong winds and lightning may result in injuries. Avoid low lying roads and bridges, as they are susceptible to flooding. If possible, stay indoors; well clear of windows, shelter pets, cover vehicles and disconnect electrical appliances.”
With inclement weather conditions forecast, motorists are also urged to practise caution when driving. Please ensure you share the article, to assist in preventing any possible injuries or damages to others who could be caught unaware.
Authors: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer
Edited: Calvin Swemmer