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Level 2 warning issued for severe thunderstorms in parts of Eastern Cape



The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a Level 2 yellow warning on Wednesday for severe thunderstorms in the southeastern parts of the Northern Cape, the southern parts of the Free State, as well as the northern and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape.

The community has been warned to watch out for localized flooding from vulnerable roads, low-lying areas and bridges, as well as localized damage to infrastructure, settlements (informal), property, vehicles, livelihoods and livestock.

This is because the country is dealing with storms and rainfall, which is normal according to SAWS forecaster Kumsa Masizana.

“This kind of system will last until the end of February to March,” Masizana said.

39 people die in Limpopo

Police in Limpopo called on residents to be vigilant and reported that 39 people, including children, have died from drowning during the current rainy season.

Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers, called on parents, guardians and the community to protect and protect children and exercise extreme caution.

The latest incident took place on Sunday 06 March 2022 near Praktise, in the Tubatse police area outside Burgersfort, when a 12-year-old boy, Thabang Mogofe, drowned in a hole allegedly dug by a road construction company.

The incident was not reported until Monday. Police divers managed to retrieve the child’s body at a depth of 5 meters.

‚ÄúSince the start of the rainy season so far, a total of 39 people, including 15 minor children, have drowned under various circumstances. Some drowned when their motor vehicles were swept away by the strong water after the drivers tried to cross the flooded low bridges, others, especially children, drowned while swimming,” Scheepers said in a statement. statement on Tuesday.

“As a community, we can turn the situation around and stop these drownings by knowing where our children play, teaching them not to swim in dangerous waters, and being extremely careful when walking or driving in flooded areas.”

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Wednesday’s weather forecast

Gauteng: Partly cloudy and warm with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate

Mpumalanga: Partly cloudy and warm to hot with isolated showers and thunderstorms, except in the Lowveld where it will be very hot. In places in the north it will be cool.

limpopo: Party cloudy and warm to hot with isolated showers and thunderstorms over the western Bushveld.

North West: Partly cloudy at first in the west, then cloudy and cool to warm, with scattered showers and thunderstorms, but isolated in the west.

Free State: Partly cloudy at first in the west, then cloudy and cool to warm, with scattered thunderstorms.

Northern Cape: Cloudy at first along the coast, then fine and warm to hot, becoming partly cloudy to cloudy inland with isolated afternoon and thunderstorms. The wind along the coast is moderate to fairly southerly to southeast.

western cape: Cloudy at first along the coast with morning fog in the west, then fine becoming partly cloudy and warm to hot but very hot over the eastern interior. Insulated showers and thunderstorms are expected over the northeast in the afternoon. Winds along the coast are moderate to moderate south to southeast in the west, otherwise strong to strong southeast to east. The expected UVB sunburn index: Very high

Western half of the Eastern Cape: Vanir-exodus morning mist inland, otherwise fine and hot, but warm along the coast. Inland it will become cloudy with isolated afternoon and thunderstorms. Winds along the coast will be light to moderate from the northeast and will become fresh to strong in the afternoon.

Eastern half of the Eastern Cape: Cloudy with fog and light rain south of the slope in the morning, otherwise partly cloudy and warm with scattered showers and thunderstorms, but isolated to the southwest. Winds along the coast will be light northeasterly and will become moderate to cool in the afternoon.

KwaZulu-Natal: Morning fog over the interior, otherwise partly cloudy and cool but warm in places to the east. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the west, further isolated except in the northeast. Winds along the coast will initially be weak southeast in the north, then moderate to fresh from the south to southwest. In the south it will become moderately northeasterly towards noon. Expected UVB Sunburn Index: High

Ccomposed by Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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