While KwaZulu-Natal is again being battered by heavy rains this weekend, other provinces around the country are facing tricky conditions too. The South African Weather Service has issued a new Gauteng Weather warning for Sunday. It’s not as severe as a few months ago, but it’s enough to do some damage to property.
Gauteng weather warning: Yellow Level 2
The Sunday warning is valid from 11AM until 6PM.
“Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible over Gauteng from late morning. Models are currently suggesting 10-20mm (of rain) with heavier pockets of 25mm possible. Strong winds may also develop from these storms and due to the cold air aloft, extending to the lower mid-levels, large amounts of small hail may also occur.”SA Weather Service
The storm over Gauteng is set to have several impacts on residents and motorists too.
The SAWS warns of the following as a result of the downpours.
- Localised flooding of susceptible roads and low lying bridges
- Difficult driving conditions due to pooling of water on roads
- Damage to structures due to large amounts of hail
- Injuries due to flying debris as a result of strong winds.
KZN emergency officials called in as flooding continues
The situation in KZN is not looking good. Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has convened the Intergovernmental Committee on Disaster Management, to assess the state of readiness.
The SA Weather Service also increased its disruptive rain warning for KZN to red level 10 on Saturday.
Initially, there was a yellow level 4 rain warning which was also increased to an orange level 5. Switching from a yellow to an orange warning means that more damage to infrastructure is expected, and the potential for fatalities is rising but red is more dangerous.
The current level 10 red warning was in place from Saturday, 21 May at 15:00 until Sunday, 22 May at 23:59.