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Hail, damaging winds and thunderstorms to hit parts of SA this weekend

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a warning for hail, damaging winds, heavy downpours, and thunderstorms this weekend in parts of South Africa.

WHAT PROVINCES WILL BE AFFECTED? 

A yellow level 2 warning has been issued for showers and thunderstorms, with the possibility of heavy downpours, hail, damaging winds, and excessive lighting in parts of Eastern Cape from Friday going into Saturday and Sunday morning.

Thunderstorms are also expected for the Western Cape, Free State, and Northern Cape from Friday until Sunday.

Cut-off low bringing strong winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms for western and central parts of the country until Sunday (28 Nov)
Morning Forecast https://t.co/Rmy5hnyotX on YouTube @SABCNews @eNCA @Newzroom405 @ReenvalSA @afriwx #lockdown #4thWave #BlackFriday pic.twitter.com/NqjKMzWJuD

— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) November 26, 2021

WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED? 

The SAWS warned that localised damages to infrastructure, settlements, property, vehicles, and livestock are some of the impacts the weather conditions may bring.

It added that localised flash flooding of susceptible roads and low-lying areas could also occur. 

A cut-off low will result in good chances of showers and thundershowers across the province on Saturday, with a possibility of the expected storms being severe. pic.twitter.com/T14cYdmShX

— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) November 25, 2021

WEATHER WREAKED HAVOC THIS WEEK 

Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in Alberton and Germiston on Thursday evening, with a hospital, malls, roads, and parking lots left flooded.

Shocking videos have been shared after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Alberton and Germiston on Thursday evening.

Videos shared on social media show a hospital, malls, and several roads flooded in the area.

Earlier on Thursday, the SA Weather Services issued a warning for severe thunderstorms and warned that large amounts of small hails, heavy rain, flooding, and damaging winds could occur.

In Cape Town, a Level 8 alert was also issued and will be in place for all coastal regions between the Mother City and Plettenberg Bay until Friday.

This alert essentially means that there’s a real chance of ‘severe damage’ to property or infrastructure as a result of wild weather. Some forecasts have stated that winds will reach over 100km/h within the next 24 hours.

This comes days after heavy rainfall in George led to severe flooding, which uprooted the city. The flooding was so intense that the George Municipality asked all residents to stay indoors, while several schools were closed due to bad weather.

ALSO READ: Watch: Shocking videos of East Rand hospital, malls and roads flooded

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