South africa weather forecast

Today’s weather forecast. Image: CANVA

Severe weather strikes THREE provinces TODAY

SAWS sounded an alarm issuing a yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms, powerful winds, and hail set to hit three provinces today.

South africa weather forecast

Today’s weather forecast. Image: CANVA

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has sounded the alarm, issuing a yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms, powerful winds, and hail set to hit three provinces on Sunday, 26 November 2023.

The affected areas include the escarpment regions of Mpumalanga, central Gauteng, and the western interior of KwaZulu-Natal.

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SEVERE WEATHER STRIKES THREE PROVINCES

According to the weather service, the conditions are ripe for the development of severe thunderstorms, bringing the potential for destructive winds and significant hail to these regions.

The adverse weather may lead to various impacts, including infrastructure damage from hail, flooding due to heavy rains, uprooted trees and informal settlement damage from strong winds, difficult driving conditions, and localized injuries caused by flying debris.

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POSSIBLE IMPACTS:

  • Hail: damage to infrastructure
  • Heavy rains and Flooding 
  • Strong winds uprooted trees and caused some damage to informal settlements. 
  • Difficult driving conditions
  • Localised injuries due to flying debris

TRAGIC LIGHTNING STRIKE AT MANGOSUTHU UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

The South African reported that Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has confirmed the untimely death of one of its students, Mpumezi Mndwentywa.

The third-year Mechanical Engineering student was struck by lightning during severe thunderstorms that caused a fire affecting some rooms on the third floor of the off-campus residence in Glenwood.

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MUT Dean of Students Dr Thembi Kweyama said severe thunderstorms caused a fire, which affected some of the rooms on the third floor of its off-campus residents in Glenwood. Mndwetywa was reportedly asleep when he was struck by lightning.

He succumbed to the burns he sustained.

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“We pray that his soul rests in peace. Student Counseling will issue notices in due course regarding the counseling services that will be provided to students affected by this tragedy,” Kweyama said.

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