Brace for severe thunderstorms in these parts of KZN on Saturday, weather office warns

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Hail lies in drifts at a home in Mooi River during a recent thunderstorm.
Hail lies in drifts at a home in Mooi River during a recent thunderstorm.

The SA Weather Service (Saws) has warned that parts of KwaZulu-Natal could be affected by severe thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon.

Saws said the severe thunderstorms are expected over the south-western parts and Midlands of KZN this afternoon, and are expected to move towards coastal areas by the evening. The thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by heavy downpours, hail, strong winds and severe lightning.

These are the areas that could experience severe thunderstorms:

Dr N. Dlamini-Zuma - Underberg, Ethekwini, Greater Kokstad, Impendle, Ingwe, Mkhambathini, Mpofana - Giants Castle, Mpofana - Mooi River, Ndwedwe, Ray Nkonyeni, Richmond, The Msunduzi, Ubuhlebezwe, Umdoni, uMngeni, uMshwathi, UMuziwabantu, Umzimkhulu, Umzumbe

The impact of these storms could lead to localized damage to infrastructure especially informal settlements and rural areas. Saws also warned of localised flooding of low lying bridges and susceptible roads, poor driving conditions due to slippery roads and poor visibility which may result in minor car accidents, localized damage to infrastructure due to strong winds and hail and lightning which may be a danger to life and live stock.

Advice from weather office:
 Stay in doors, if outdoors seek shelter immediately but DO NOT seek shelter under trees, telephone lines and power lines. Take caution or avoid traveling on bridges and road in low lying areas as these may be flooded and there may be sinkholes. Avoid outdoor activities as strong winds and 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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