Durban: KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sipho Hlomuka has placed disaster management teams on high alert as severe-thunderstorms are expected to hit large parts of the province this afternoon going into the evening.
According to the weather report received from the South African Weather Service Severe thunderstorms are expected over the south-western parts and the midlands of the province this afternoon, drifting into the north-eastern parts in the evening.
Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka has warned residents of the dangers posed by the severe-thunderstorms which are expected to bring with them strong winds, hail and heavy downpours.
“We are appealing to residents in the areas that could be affected to exercise extreme caution as the weather conditions could deteriorate to dangerous levels. We are appealing for everyone to be vigilant as the expected heavy downpours could lead to localised flooding in low-lying areas and difficult driving conditions for motorists” said Hlomuka.
Disaster Management teams will be monitoring routes and areas that are prone to incidents very closely.
The areas that might be affected are: Abaqulusi, Alfred Duma – Indaka, Dr N. Dlamini-Zuma – Underberg, eDumbe, Endumeni, Greater Kokstad, Impendle, Inkosi Langalibalele-Escourt, Inkosi Langalibalele – Sobabili, Maphumulo, Mpofana – Giants Castle, Mpofana-Mooi River, Msinga, Mthonjaneni, Nkandla, Nongoma, Nquthu, Richmond, Msunduzi, Ubuhlebezwe, Ulundi, uMngeni, uMshwathi, Umvoti, Umzimkhulu, uPhongolo.
Residents are urged to avoid being on the road where possible and to refrain from crossing low-lying bridges.