The SA Weather Service (SAWS) has released a yellow level 2 weather warning for severe thunderstorms leading to hail and strong damaging winds in the Free State today, 30 May.
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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE FREE STATE
Here is the weather forecast for your area:
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HOW TO STAY SAFE WHILE OUTSIDE IN A THUNDERSTORM
With thundershowers expected for most of the province, here are a few tips if you find yourself outside:
- If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity. This will help you avoid being caught in a thunderstorm and getting injured.
- When thunder roars, go indoors. Lightning can strike up to 16km away from a thunderstorm, so it is important to seek shelter immediately when you hear thunder.
- If you are caught in an open area, find adequate shelter immediately. This could be a building, a car with the windows rolled up, or a ditch.
- If you cannot find shelter, crouch down in a ball-like position with your head tucked and hands over your ears.
- Do not shelter under an isolated tree or a cliff or rocky overhang.
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- Do not stand in water or near metal objects.
- If you are in a group, separate from each other. This will help reduce the number of injuries if lightning strikes.
- If you are out in the open water, return to shore immediately. Lightning can travel through water, so it is important to get out of the water as soon as possible.
- Avoid open vehicles and structures. These structures are not safe from lightning strikes.
- Stay away from open spaces. Lightning is more likely to strike open spaces than wooded areas.
- Stay away from tall structures. Lightning is more likely to strike tall structures than shorter structures.
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