Severe thunderstorms, heavy downpours expected in KZN from today

Gauteng will also experience clouds with isolated late afternoon showers and thundershowers.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a watch for damaging winds and heavy rainfall in some areas of KwaZulu-Natal starting from Tuesday.

“Warning: Damaging Winds – A strong S to SW gale of 41KT to 45KT is expected between Port Edward and Maputo from this morning.”

Heavy rain leading to localised flooding and reduced visibility was also expected over the eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal from this afternoon at 1pm to around midnight.

Uthukela, UMgungundlovu and Harry Gwala have also been cautioned against severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall from 1pm on Tuesday.

Durban, Richards Bay, and Pietermaritzburg will experience scattered showers and thundershowers, with fresh to strong winds in the afternoon.

KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka said on Tuesday following the weather warning: “We have placed our teams on high alert as inclement weather conditions continue to pose a serious risk to residents in our province. Our teams are monitoring areas that are prone to flooding and will be able to respond should any situations arise.

“We are appealing to residents, especially along the coast, to put their safety first and ensure that they seek shelter in a sturdy building during these strong winds.

Gauteng will also experience clouds with isolated late afternoon showers and thundershowers on Tuesday.

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