High seas and rain close local beaches

2014-10-17 00:00

WITH bad weather and rough seas expected to lash Durban at the weekend, officials have called on beach users to exercise caution.

The South African Weather Service issued a flood warning yesterday for the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast as severe thunderstorms and hail hit the province.

The run of bad weather, accompanied by high seas, would continue through to the weekend, according to the KZN Sharks Board.

Operations manager Greg Thompson said the forecast had forced the closure of several city beaches.

“In view of the predicted heavy rains, flooding conditions and big seas, the Sharks Board has closed [most] beaches for this weekend,” he said.

“For your own safety, check the latest bathing status at the lifeguard station … before entering the water,” Thompson said.

NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon echoed this call, insisting bathers be wary of the sea this weekend.

“We would urge bathers to be cautious and go to beaches only where and when lifeguards are on duty. People need to beware of strong rip currents and anglers too should be cautious,” he said.

He added anyone launching craft should take precaution including using prescribed life jackets.

Beaches remaining open at this stage are Umhlanga Main Beach, Durban beaches (excluding Country Club, Lagoona and Tekwini), Ansteys, Amazimtoti Main beach, Winkelspruit, Sunwich Port through to Margate, Trafalgar, Leisure Bay and TO Strand on the lower South Coast.

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