WEATHER WARNING | Severe thunderstorms expected in KZN

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Severe thunderstorms are expected in KZN on Friday afternoon.
Severe thunderstorms are expected in KZN on Friday afternoon.
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The South African Weather Service (Saws) has warned of severe thunderstorms expected in KZN on Friday afternoon.

The weather bureau said it expects a surface trough situated over the central part of the country to move along the KZN South Coast from this afternoon.

“Isolated showers and thundershowers are expected over KZN from [Friday] afternoon but scattered showers and thundershowers are expected in the north where there is a potential for the storms to become severe,” said the weather service.

Areas expected to be affected include Abaqulusi, Hlabisa, Hluhluwe, Dannhauser, eDumbe, eMadlangeni, Endumeni, Jozini, Mthonjaneni, Mtubatuba, Newcastle, Nongoma, Nquthu, Ulundi, Umhlabuyalingana, uMhlathuze and uPhongolo.

The severe thunderstorms are expected to result in localised flooding, damage to infrastructure as well as loss of livestock. Fire incidents due to lightning are possible.

Residents are urged to stay indoors, and if outdoors to seek shelter immediately but not under trees, telephone and power lines.

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