The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a level 4 warning for the Eastern Cape on Monday. It said the Eastern Cape would see severe thunderstorms, hail, excessive lightning, and damaging winds.
THUNDERSTORMS WLL MAKE LANDFALL ON MONDAY
It said a deep surface trough is present over the western parts of the country, which prompted the Level 4 weather warning for thunderstorms.
The SAWS said the warning is in effect from 12:00 on Monday until 23:59 on Monday, 13 December.
“A deep surface trough is present over the western parts of the country, and along with an upper air trough and very high instabilities, may lead to severe thunderstorm development over the central and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape,” said SAWS.
HAIL, HEAVY DOWNPOURS, LIGHTNING EXPECTED
It warned that these storms could contain large amounts of small hail, heavy downpours, excessive lightning, and strong damaging winds.
THE FOLLOWING POTENTIAL IMPACTS COULD INCLUDE THIS:
Potential impacts include:
Damage to infrastructure, settlements, and livestock.
Disruptions to municipal and other services can be expected.
Heavy downpours could lead to flash flooding and traffic disruptions.
The inclement weather could endanger livelihoods and livestock.
There is a chance of localised short term disruptions to the electricity supply.
Falling trees could block major roads.
FIVE TIPS TO KEEP YOU, YOUR FAMILY SAFE WHEN THERE IS LIGHTNING ACTIVITY:
Don’t shelter under trees, near water, on high ground or in open fields.
The first rule of keeping safe is to head back indoors when there is lightning. It’s also important to note that lightning often occurs around the edges of a thundercloud, so it doesn’t mean it’s safe just because it hasn’t started raining yet.
A car is a safe place to shelter. If lightning does happen to strike the car directly, it will be conducted through the metal frame of the car and into the ground. Avoid leaning on car doors during a storm as the electricity travels through the frame.
Lightning can damage electronics, telephones, and other systems in your house that are connected to an electrical outlet – unplug them when you hear the first clap of thunder.
Don’t forget to bring your pets inside. Dog houses and other pet shelters are not suitable for protection against lightning strikes.