24.11.2020 10:26 am
The City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Merafong City, Mogale City and Emfuleni are all in line to experience hail and strong winds.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a watch for severe thunderstorms across several provinces from Tuesday at 11am.
Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers said it was on its way to Mthatha to help about 20 villages where homes, clinics, schools and places of worships were damaged.
A severe thunderstorm alert was issued by the weather service for the eastern half of the Eastern Cape and most of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mzila said that in Umlazi F Section in Durban, a woman was missing and was believed to have been swept away when she crossed a local river.
Heavy rainfall was also expected along the south coast of the Garden Route in Western Cape while cloudy weather would persist throughout Gauteng on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A Pretoria-based animal shelter, Wollies, sent out an SOS for blankets and other donations after five of its kennels flooded.
Gauteng, North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal are expected to bear the brunt of the forecast storms.
As much as the sunny weather is a relief after a mostly rainy week in the province, residents may want to take full advantage, as rain could persist next week.
The North West, Free State, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng are expected to bear the brunt of the forecast storms, with warnings of possible damaging winds and hail.
End Street and M19, Die Hoewes are among those affected according to the city’s official Twitter account.
The expected floods could result in difficult driving conditions on dirt roads and minor motor vehicle accidents due to slippery roads and reduced visibility.
While these weather conditions will be welcomed by the agricultural sector, it could lead to difficult driving conditions, reduced visibility, pooling on the roads and slippery roads.
Severe storms may result in heavy downpours, hail and excessive lightning in the areas falling under the Zululand, uMkhanyakude, uMgungundlovu, uMzinyathi, uThukela, and Harry Gwala districts.
The possible return of La Niña may be good news for food security, as drought in the past seven years has spelt dire circumstances for farmers in the Northern and Eastern Cape.