The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms in KwaZulu-Natal.
The warning was issued on Thursday and is valid until 22:00 on Friday, 17 November.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND HAIL EXPECTED IN KWAZULU-NATAL
The weather service said isolated shiowers and thundershowers are expected over KwaZulu-Natal, but scattered over the southern parts where severe thunderstorms can be expected.
“The severe thunderstorms with a possibility of hail, strong damaging winds might result in localised impacts,” the weather service said.
Hail – Damage to infrastructure
Heavy rains – Flooding
Strong winds – Uprooted trees and some damage to informal settlements.
HAIL CAUSES DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
On Monday, 13 November, parts of the country experienced adverse weather conditions and these included a tornado in the Lekwa local municipality in Mpumalanga, as well as hailstorms in parts of City of Johannesburg with the most severe of these in the suburbs of Midrand.
The thunderstorms caused severe damage to property, including housing, other structures, and motor vehicles. Many people took to social media to share pictures and videos of the damage.
Midrand residents experienced a heavy hailstorm on Monday, 13 November. Image via X (Twitter) @Gretchen_Ndou/ @AdvoBarryRoux
The weather service said an extension of a low-pressure area was positioned over the central parts of the country, with a high pressure to the east. This setup allowed for low-level moisture to be advected into the north-eastern parts of the country, supporting the development of thunderstorms.
Several vehicles were left damaged by a hail storm that hit Midrand on Monday, 13 November 2023. Image via X (Twitter) @AdvoBarryRoux