As South Africa braces for a tempestuous Saturday, several towns find themselves in the crosshairs of severe thunderstorms.
Yellow Level 2 warnings of severe thunderstorms issued for these parts of SA
The forecast predicts a volatile concoction of heavy downpours, damaging winds, and small hail, particularly targeting the western parts of KwaZulu-Natal, southern parts of Limpopo, the extreme northeastern parts of the North West province, the extreme eastern parts of the Free State, as well as central and northern parts of Gauteng.
In KZN, towns like Newcastle, Vryheid, and Ulundi should prepare for the skies to open up, potentially leading to localised flooding and disruptions.
Meanwhile, in Limpopo, the southern regions, including towns like Polokwane, Tzaneen, and Phalaborwa, are on high alert.
The extreme north-eastern sector of the North West province, which includes towns like Rustenburg and Brits, is also on the storm’s radar.
Residents in these areas should take extra caution. Over in the Free State, towns along the eastern fringe, such as Harrismith and Vrede, are advised to brace for potential thunderous conditions.
Gauteng, South Africa’s bustling province, is not spared, with its central and northern towns, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Centurion, also in line for the storm’s wrath.
The Yellow level 2 warning highlights the severity of the expected conditions, urging residents to be vigilant against localised flooding and disruptions due to the storm.
Residents in these areas are advised to stay indoors during the thunderstorms and avoid driving through flooded areas. It’s crucial to keep a close eye on weather updates and heed any advisories issued by local authorities.
As the skies prepare to unleash their fury, remember that being prepared is your best defence.
Secure outdoor objects that could be blown away, unplug electrical appliances to safeguard against lightning strikes and have an emergency kit handy.