Strong winds and heavy rains expected in Durban

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2017

Durban storm mop-up plans may have to be put on hold as gale force winds are expected to thrash South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast.

The South African Weather Service had issued a warning on Monday about the storm which flooded areas including Johannesburg and pulled down trees blocking major roads. Houses, businesses, schools and schools were destroyed by the inclement weather.

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces were the worst affected by the recent storms and rain, which have left 14 people dead, families displaced and scores of injuries.

Forecaster on duty Thandiwe Gumede said in Durban, winds were expected to reach maximum speeds of 80 km per hour.

There was a 30% chance of evening showers said Gumede.

The eThekwini Municipality's spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa warned residents of two imminent cold fronts approaching Durban.

"The cold fronts are expected to pass out to sea on the south of the province".

The service says it needs R30 million to invest in infrastructure.

Dlamini said the winds would affect people that were upto 50 kilometres out at sea and the general public should not panic. "Heavy rainfall is also expected this afternoon".

Residents are requested to please only call the emergency management call centre for emergencies on 031 361 0000.

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