#DurbanStorm leaves death and destruction in its wake - AS IT HAPPENED

2017-10-10 12:30

Heavy rain, flooding and strong winds have wrecked havoc over KwaZulu-Natal, with reports of at least five deaths.

Follow our News24 reporters on the scene for the latest updates: 

 - Kaveel Singh: @kaveels 

 - Mxolisi Mngadi: @EmExDurban

- Are you there, or are you affected? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.


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Last Updated at 10:43
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10 Oct 18:48
Heavy rain, flooding and strong winds are expected to become less severe from this evening, says the SA Weather Service. 

10 Oct 18:44
High seas with wave heights in access of 6m is expected between Durban and Maputo on Wednesday morning - SAWS

10 Oct 18:42

The particular weather system causing the heavy rain over much of KwaZulu-Natal, including Durban has nothing in common with hurricane systems, says South African Weather Service chief forecaster Kevin Rae. 

The rain over KwaZulu-Natal is being caused by an upper air cut-off low, characterised by a cool/cold core. These systems originate in the mid-latitudes, well away from tropical areas.

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Thunderstorm season is starting in SA

South Africa is in its thunderstorm period now, which is an annual occurrence, according to weather forecaster Dipuo Tawana.

"We had heavy rainfall that occurred in Kempton Park last year, about 81mm in that vicinity... It is nothing out of the ordinary," she told HuffPost SA.

"From September 1, meteorologically our thunderstorm season is starting, so we are going to have storms," she added.

She explained, however, that not all thunderstorms would be severe and urged the public to stay informed about weather conditions.

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A 12 year old boy has been swept away in a stream and has sadly passed away, said Robert McKenzie from KZN EMS. This occurred at Izingolweni, inland from Port Shepstone.

10 Oct 16:52

NSRI Durban, NSRI Shelly Beach and NSRI Port Edward and emergency services are fully deployed assisting at floods in and around the Kwa-Zulu Natal North and South coasts, says Craig Lambinon from the NSRI.

NSRI Durban dispatched their sea rescue vehicle and rescue swimmers fully kitted in wet suits. NSRI Port Edward dispatched their sea rescue vehicle and Discovery Rescue Runner to the Umtamvuna River. NSRI Shelly Beach are on high alert to assist police search and rescue efforts. 

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Babies, children and adults are being assisted to higher ground and freed from entrapments in homes, in motor vehicles and flash flooded areas, says Craig Lambinon from the NSRI.

10 Oct 16:40
The NSRI assisted emergency services to evacuate persons trapped in vehicles, homes and businesses. 

10 Oct 16:39
NSRI Durban crew member Julian Singh carrying a child to safety from an entrapment in a home in Montclair.

10 Oct 16:36
Emergency Services continue to urge residents to stay indoors and to stay safe and to monitor the weather office for weather safety updates.

10 Oct 16:34
eThekwini Disaster Risk Management are urging emergency calls to be made directly to their emergency call centre at 031 3610000.

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Yachts and boats in the small craft harbour and at the Point Yacht Club (PYC) have broken moorings. NSRI Durban rescue crews are at PYC assisting to corral boats and yachts broken free of moorings.

10 Oct 16:17
The Transnet National Ports Authority are dealing with the container ship MSC Ines that has drifted into the mouth of the Port of Durban abeam - NSRI. 

10 Oct 16:11

Cars swept away by heavy rains in Durban

Heavy rains and strong winds are causing mayhem on the roads as Durban motorists battle against a massive storm. 

The eThekwini Municipality has urged residents to stay indoors.

10 Oct 16:02

Toyota SA: Prospecton plant damaged by #DurbanStorm

The massive storm sweeping through KwaZulu-Natal has caused damaged to Toyota's motor manufacturing plant in Prospecton, South of Durban. 

A statement sent by Clynton Yon, senior manager of corporate communications for Toyota SA, said "unprecedented flooding has impacted" the plant where the automaker manufactures the Corolla, Corolla Quest, Hilux, Fortuner and Quantum as well as assembles selected Hino product.  

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The eThekwini municipality says it is working hard to restore electricity to several parts of the City. 

10 Oct 15:24
IPSS and ER24 are searching for a toddler that got swept away by flash floods in Umlazi.

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Today the Emergency Services have been kept very busy with a severe storm in the Durban area. In one of the numerous callouts this morning, Netcare 911 and the Fire Department responded to reports that a large shipping container had blown onto the roof of a car outside the Durban harbour.  

Reports from the scene allege that during the storm a forty foot container which was stacked on top of other containers was blown over and landed on the car. The incident and preceding events will form part of a police investigation.  

Paramedics attended to the two occupants of the car. The first man, who was approximately thirty years old, had sustained relatively minor injuries but was trapped inside the car when the roof collapsed under the weight of the container. He was in a stable condition and was transported by ambulance to hospital for further assessment and care. Tragically the second occupant, believed to be in his forties, had sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.  

To access the victims, the container first had to be removed from the vehicle and then fire fighters and rescue personnel used the "Jaws of Life" to free them from the wreck.  

The SAPS were also at the scene.  

Several other large and heavy stacked containers in different areas were also blown over by the strong winds. Many roads are under water and motorists are urged to take extra care and not to used flooded roads as their vehicles may breakdown in the water leaving them stranded.

10 Oct 14:46
Rescue Care paramedics report that a policeman died and another person was injured when the container fell on the car on Rotterdam Road at the Durban Harbour.

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So far: Two dead, five hospitals affected, and people trapped in cars as a result of the #DurbanStorm

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Rain abating, but eThekwini expects more rain later on Tuesday

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Contact emergency services if you are stuck in the #DurbanStorm

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