A warning was issued by the South African Weather Services (SAWS) for waves of between 4m -6m due to damaging winds along the coast of KZN on Monday.
WARNING – EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARE ON STANDBY
EThekwini Municipality‘s spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said the city is on high alert.
“Emergency personnel are on standby after SAWS has issued a stern warning on the probability of damaging gale force winds along the coast of KZN on Monday morning.
“The city has been cited as one of the areas along the coast that are likely to bear the brunt of these winds.”
‘WAVES OF BETWEEN 4M TO 6M EXPECTED’
Mayisela said waves of between 4m to 6m between midnight on Sunday and 12:00 on Monday are expected.
“This is likely to trigger rough seas to the detriment of freight and recreational fishing vessels.”
The city urges the public, especially residents in informal settlements, to be cautious when using fires during this period, as it is likely to get fanned quickly, a recipe for a calamity.
HERE ARE THE AREAS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE WINDS:
- M2 Scottburgh
- Cape St Francis
- M_Nelson Mandela Bay
- Cape Recife
- M_Sundays river valley
- Cape Padrone
- Port Alfred
- M_Buffalo City
- M_Great Kei
- Kei River
- The Haven
- king Sabata
- Coffee Bay
- Barkly East
- M_Ray Nkonyeni
- M1 Port Shepstone
- M2 Scottburgh
- M3 Durban
- M4 Tugela Mouth
- M7 Nhlabane
- M5 Mtunzini
The SAWS warned of localised damage to coastal infrastructure (e.g. walkways, pipelines, property, road and rail routes)
SMALL VESSELS AND DISRUPTION OF SMALL HARBORS EXPECTED
It furthermore said small vessels are at risk of taking on water and capsizing while causing localised disruption of small harbors and/or a port for a short period of time.
“Difficulty in navigation (eg. Hampered progress due to strong winds) as well as a build-up of Sand on coastal routes.
“Caution must be exercised in places along the coast, ports, and beaches. Avoid starting fires as these will spread quickly and result in extensive damage to infrastructure and danger to life,” the SAWS said.