Eastern Cape thunderstorm warning

[FILE] Parts of the Eastern Cape will be hit by thunderstorms on Thursday. Image: South African Weather Service warning map.

Thunderstorm warning for parts of the Eastern Cape

Parts of the Eastern Cape are expected to be hit by thunderstorms, heavy downpours and hail, warned the weather service.

Eastern Cape thunderstorm warning

[FILE] Parts of the Eastern Cape will be hit by thunderstorms on Thursday. Image: South African Weather Service warning map.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a Yellow Level 2 warning for thunderstorms in parts of the Eastern Cape on Wednesday, 28 September.

EASTERN CAPE TO  BE HIT BY THUNDERSTORM ON THURSDAY

The warning is effective from 13:00 until 23:59 on Thursday, 29 September, according to the weather service.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to be brought to the Eastern Cape by a surface trough over the interior of South Africa combined with upper-air perturbations.

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“There is a potential of the expected storms being severe in the east, where heavy downpours, damaging winds and large amounts of small hail may be possible,” said the weather service.

The affected district municipalities in the Eastern Cape include Amathoe, OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo and parts of Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi.

The potential impact of the thunderstorms includes:

  • Damage to infrastructure or structures, settlements, property and vehicles.
  • Localised flooding of vulnerable roads and low-lying areas and bridges.
  • Travel disruption.
  • Loss of livestock in isolated cases.

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