The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued an Orange Level 5 warning for rain in the Eastern Cape on Friday, 16 September.
LEVEL 5 WEATHER WARNING FOR EASTERN CAPE
The warning is effective from 12:00 on Sunday, 18 September until 21:00 on Tuesday. The weather service said the heavy rain will be caused by a steepening upper-air trough, a surface trough and a ridging high-pressure system.
The mentioned weather phenomena are expected to bring windy conditions, showers and thundershowers to the Eastern Cape from Sunday into Tuesday.
Significant amounts of rainfall – at least 40 to 70mm – are expected in the following municipalities:
- Buffalo City Metro;
- Great Kei Local Municipality;
- Mnquma Local Municipality;
- Mbhashe Local Municipality;
- OR Tambo District Municipality;
- and Alfred Nzo District Municipality.
The potential impacts of the rain that prompted the Level 5 weather warning include:
- Flooding of roads, settlements, low-lying areas and bridges.
- Disrupted traffic and municipal services.
- Damage to property, infrastructure and loss of livelihood.
- Mudslides and rockfalls are a possibility.
- Damage to mud-based and makeshift houses and structures.
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