MORE severe thunderstorms are expected on FRIDAY in several parts of the country.
MORE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED AROUND MIDDAY
According to the SA Weather Service (SAWS), severe thunderstorms are expected around midday on Friday.
“Localized flooding of susceptible roads, low-lying areas, and bridges is possible.
“Localized damage to infrastructure, settlements (formal and informal), property, livelihood, vehicles, and livestock might also occur.”SAWS
THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED ON FRIDAY:
A level 2 warning was issued for severe thunderstorms in the following parts:
- Mafube / Mafube/Frankfort
- Phumelela / Warden
- Nketoana / Reitz
- Dihlabeng / Bohlokong
- Maluti a Phofung / Van Reenen
The SAWS advised the public to stay indoors if possible and away from metal objects.
Move to high ground when you observe rising water levels.
Meanwhile, a warning was also issued for veld fires in several parts of the country.
The following areas might be affected by the veld fire warning:
- Dawid Kruiper – Twee Rivieren / Twee Rivieren
- Dawid Kruiper – Upington / Upington
- Kai !Garib / Augrabies Falls
- !Kheis / Groblershoop
- Siyathemba / Prieska
- Kareeberg / VanWyksvlei
- Ventersdorp/Tlokwe – Potch / Potchefstroom
- Gamagara / Kathu
- Kgatelopele / Daniëlskuil
“Conditions are such that the FDI index is above 75. Under these conditions, fires may develop and spread rapidly, damaging property and possibly losing human and/or animal life.”
The SAWS advised that fire teams should be on standby.
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WHAT TO DO WHEN VELD FIRES APPROACH YOUR PROPERTY
What you should do when veld fire approaches your property:
- Decide whether it is safer to stay or leave the scene.
- Wear protective clothing and footwear.
- Have emergency food and medical supplies ready.
- Move livestock to safer areas.
- Listen to the radio for news updates.
- Wet the garden and house, especially on the side of the approaching fire.
- Plug gutters and fill them with water.
- Fill baths, buckets and dust bins with water in case the water supply fails, and have mops handy.
- Seal any gaps between the doors and floor using wet towels or similar items.
- Close all windows and doors.
- If you decide to stay, go indoors and remain there until the fire has passed.
- Take fire hoses and other firefighting equipment indoors with you.
- Check inside the house, including the roof cavity, and extinguish any small fires immediately.
- Remain vigilant after the fire has passed.
- If you decide to evacuate your home, remember that every second counts:
- Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and make sure everyone in the family gathers at an agreed meeting place outside.
- Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.
- Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
- Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.
- Practice your family emergency plan/home escape plan frequently with your family.
- Never return to a burning building for any reason, you could die.
- Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a home fire.
WATCH THE HAIL STORM IN THE FREE STATE ON TUESDAY
Meanwhile, Karen Husselmann from Springfontein in the Southern Free State sent us this video of the hail storm in the area on Tuesday.
Watch the video here: