Updated | Severe thunderstorms expected in KZN Tuesday evening

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The public has been warned to exercise extra caution as strong winds, lightning, and hail is forecast for KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Sipho Hlomuka, has called on residents to take all the necessary precautions to stay safe during the severe thunderstorms.

According to the department, the South African Weather Service has issued an alert, on the high possibility of strong winds, hail, severe lightning and heavy downpours for large parts of the province.

According to the warning, communities within the districts of uMgungundlovu, Harry Gwala, uMzinyathi, uThukela, Zululand, Amajuba, Ilembe and King Cetshwayo should be careful.

The department said the inclement weather conditions could lead to lightning strikes that result in fatalities and injuries to both human and livestock as well as localised damage to vehicles due to hail.

It said that it could also lead to heavy downpours that can cause localised flooding of roads and low lying bridges

Hlomuka appealed to residents who reside in low lying areas to seek shelter on higher ground should their situation deteriorate.

“Pedestrians who might be caught in the storm are urged to seek shelter, motorists are urged to not speed as roads can be slippery. Disaster management have been placed on high alert across the province and are monitoring areas that are prone to weather-related incidents,” said Hlomuka.

The department added that residents who find themselves needing assistance can contact their local councillor or their district disaster management centre.

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