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WARNING: Heavy rains that could lead to localised flooding expected to hit parts of the country

By Faeza
21 February 2017

While most of us were warned and expected heavy rains to have hit parts of the country this passed weekend, we are all surprised when it started pouring on Monday.

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning of heavy rains in Gauteng and other parts of the country this week.

According to the warning, this could lead to localised flooding in parts of Gauteng, the North West, parts of the Free State, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Mutual & Federal recommends the following guidelines to plan around weather incidences:

  • With heavy rain and flooding, road conditions often deteriorate. Keep an eye out for potholes and be cautious as they are often hidden by water.
  • When driving in the rain, drivers should increase their following distance by a minimum of three cars, driving speed should be decreased and the vehicle’s headlights and hazards should be turned on.
  • Where possible, try to avoid driving, especially through flooded areas. However, should you need to, drive slowly and continually to avoid seizing your engine.
  • Should you be stuck in a flash flood, move as quickly as possible to higher ground and remain there until assistance arrives.
  • If your car is taking on water due to the flooding, do not open the door. Instead, climb through your window and head for safety.

Members of the public have been advised to be cautious.