East coast to be lashed by 100km/h winds

2015-06-04 16:07


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Durban - The country’s east coast is set to be lashed by winds of nearly 100km/h, bringing with them high seas and swells of between sixteen and eighteen feet.

The South African Weather Service have issued warnings of gale force winds and rough seas and urged those at the coast to exercise caution. 

The service's marine forecaster, Bransby Bulo, said much of the eastern coastline would be affected.

“Gale force winds are expected along the coast today and tomorrow and we expect to measure wind-speeds of between 45 and 55 knots... along the majority of the east coast,” he said.

“This wind system will bring with it high swells of about sixteen and eighteen feet in places. We have issued a warning in this regard,” Bulo added.

He attributed this to a low pressure system moving into the south-east of the country and said conditions were expected to improve at the weekend.

eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said that that the city had prepared well for the inclement weather on the horizon.

“While the swells will initially be more southerly in direction and may initially bypass Durban, it will certainly hit the coast and will probably wrap into Durban more on Saturday.”

“The City’s Disaster Management Team will also monitor the CCTV screens in their Control Room for any changes. At present, the City is monitoring all the beaches and we are also working in conjunction with the Shark’s Board, who are busy lifting their nets where needed.”

“When this is being done, the beaches will be closed. The Lifeguards put up the relevant information boards to this effect to advise the public and conduct routine patrols of the area to ensure no bathing takes place,” she added.

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