Johannesburg – Joburgers and those in other parts of the country are urged to exercise caution as heavy downpours which could cause possible flooding are expected.
The SA Weather Service (SAWS) said on Thursday morning that there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thundershowers in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal.
Forecaster Lulama Pheme said that this could cause localised flooding on Friday, when there is a 60 percent chance of showers.
“With severe thundershowers, anything is possible.”
She added that while there is also significant rainfall forecast for Friday afternoon.
Heavy weather conditions hit parts of Gauteng in recent weeks, causing havoc on the roads and destroying people’s homes.
Last week, a tornado struck Ennerdale, south of Joburg, causing damage to a number of houses in the area.
One person was also injured at the time and had to be hospitalised.
Meanwhile, seven people were killed in flash floods around Johannesburg in recent weeks.
SOME TIPS TO REMEMBER
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
- Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.