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SAWS predicts severe weather across four provinces on 28 November

The SA weather service issued alerts for storms leading to hail and localised flooding across four provinces in South Africa on 28 November.

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The South African Weather Service on Friday warned of damaging hail, strong winds and heavy rain across large parts of the South Africa on Saturday 28 November.

Alerts were issued for the Free State, north-eastern and south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape, western parts of the North West, as well as central and eastern parts of Eastern Cape.

Weather update in South Africa: Saturday 28 November

As per the South African Weather Service (SAWS), level two and level four yellow alerts were issued for severe thunderstorms, strong winds, damaging hail, heavy rainfall and possible flooding.

“Severe weather likely [on 28 November 2020], especially over the central and south-eastern interior. Large hail, heavy rainfall leading to flooding and strong to damaging winds possible”.

South African Weather Service

While the SAWS didn’t say until when the alerts will remain active, it goes without saying that residents should take precautionary measures and adhere to the rules of the road.

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Image via South African Weather Service (SAWS)

Road closures and traffic jams

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We will add traffic updates throughout the course of the day.

Road safety

If you happen to be on the road during a thunder or lightning storm, adhere to the rules of the road at all times. Heavy rain creates dangerous road conditions, so it is advised to pull over and find shelter if possible.

In addition, pooling on roads causes slippery conditions. Moreover, severe thunderstorms bring strong winds, heavy rainfall, hail, urban flooding, visibility of hail and severe lightning.

If you do pull over, remember to turn the engine off but keep your hazard lights on. This will warn other motorists that your vehicle is stationary. It’s a myth that your rubber tyres offer protection from a lightning strike; so ensure that you don’t touch anything metal inside the car.

Stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts in all provinces by viewing our reports, here.

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