Weather Bureau: Expect more severe storms

2009-01-04 00:00

Welfare MEC Meshack Hadebe told The Witness that due to climate change and global warming, we can expect more storms in the future.

He said cabinet has been briefed by the Weather Bureau. “They warned cabinet that storms will be even worse at the end of this year.”

Hadebe said the department needs to warn people about the storms and advise them on what to do. “They need to try and secure their homes better and look for shelter when storms begin.”

He added that there is a need for local government to increase its budget for disaster management and said that departments are collaborating to develop a plan of action.

“We’ve learned from these storms and we need to increase our budget for disaster management.

We need to sit down and come up with a plan of action for times like these. Everyone is on board, the Housing Department is speeding up RDP housing and other department are co-operating,” he said.

The SA Weather Service warned of more storms.

Wiseman Dlamini, weather forecaster, told The Witness that they were unable to confirm just how severe the storm was because their radar was damaged in last week’s storm. “But judging from the damage caused and the satellite images I saw last night, this storm was quite a big one.

The heat and unstable weather conditions are favourable for storm development. We can expect stormy weather in the week ahead. It is still summer and there is a good chance that storms like this will continue.”

These storms have developed in the interior of the country and then move toward the coast where they dissipate. “As they approach the coast, they became less severe,” said Dlamini.

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