Severe thunderstorms expected in parts of KwaZulu-Natal

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The South African Weather Services has warned that parts of KwaZulu-Natal will experience severe thunderstorms on Tuesday.

Isolated showers and thunder showers are expected over northern KZN and might become severe. The storms are expected to be accompanied by heavy downpours, strong damaging winds, hail and excessive lightning.

Affected municipalities
Abaqulusi, Alfred Duma - Indaka, Big Five Hlabisa - Hlabisa, Big Five Hlabisa - Hluhluwe, eDumbe, eMadlangeni, Endumeni, Inkosi Langalibalele - Estcourt, Jozini, KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Maphumulo, Mpofana - Mooi River, Msinga, Mthonjaneni, Mtubatuba, Ndwedwe, Nkandla, Nongoma, Nquthu, The Msunduzi, Ulundi, Umhlabuyalingana, uMhlathuze, uMlalazi, uMngeni, uMshwathi, Umvoti, uPhongolo

Very hot conditions are also expected over the northern parts of KZN.

The severe thunderstorms are expected to result in localised damage to settlements and infrastructure in open areas due to strong winds.

Severe lightning can possibly result in localised fire incidents, injuries to humans and livestock, and localised damage to vehicles due to hail.

Heavy downpours may lead to localised flooding of roads and low-lying bridges.

People are advised to stay indoors and to not seek shelter under trees, telephone lines and power lines. “Take caution or avoid travelling on bridges and roads in low lying areas as these may be susceptible to flooding and there may be sinkholes,” said the South African Weather Services in a statement.

It also warned against outdoor activities as lightning may result in injuries.

“If possible, stay indoors well clear of windows, shelter pets, cover vehicles and disconnect electrical appliances.”

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