Residents living in the western and southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal are urged to brace for severe thunderstorms and gale force winds on Friday.
The KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said the inclement weather is expected to reach parts of the province by 2pm.
"This weather event may result in localised damage to infrastructure, settlements, and livestock. Residents are advised to take precautionary measures to prevent possible injuries caused by lightning and flying debris," the department said.
According to KZN Cogta media liaison officer, Siboniso Mngadi, the South African Weather Service has forecast strong damaging winds, hail, and severe lightning over the following municipalities and local municipalities:
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Mngadi said the department has activated disaster management teams in all affected municipalities to remain on high alert during this period.
“We urge communities to exercise caution and consider avoiding travel on bridges and roads in low-lying areas, as they may be susceptible to flooding and sinkholes. Additionally, outdoor activities should be avoided, as lightning, hail, and flooding can lead to injuries and fatalities,” he warned.
Mngadi further cautioned that if possible, people should remain indoors, well away from windows. They should shelter pets and cover vehicles.
“Move livestock and cars to safe, sheltered areas to protect them from potential flying debris,” he said.