Weather alert issued for severe storms with flooding and hail


The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned that large parts of the northern provinces and the Western Cape will experience thunderstorms on Thursday.

THE NORTH CAPE AND THE WEST CAPE WILL BE AFFECTED

“Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in western and northern Cape on Thursday. Some of these thunderstorms could become severe in southern Namakwa district, Witzenberg municipality, as well as central Karoo district.” , did he declare.

The SAWS also warned that large amounts of small hail could also occur.

“Some of these storms will become severe and lead to flooding and hail.

“Localized flooding, flash floods from sensitive roads, low areas and bridges are also possible, including mountain passes. This is due to heavy downpours, which can also contribute to minor vehicle crashes due to reduced visibility and slippery roads, ”SAWS said.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HAIL

Hail tips while driving

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Hail tips at home

  • Maintain your trees by removing branches and removing trees that might fall on your home during a hailstorm. Falling trees and blowing up debris often cause fatalities and severe structural damage.
  • Check the downspouts and make sure they are not blocked so that water can drain out. Watch out for large puddles as this can damage the foundation of the house
  • Keep curtains or blinds closed – this will prevent broken glass and hailstones from entering your home or hurting you or your family.
  • If your home does not have a garage, cover your car with any unused blankets, quilts, or large towels you may have.
  • Keep the gutters clean – It is important to regularly clean the gutters of leaves, twigs and other debris. Hail takes a long time to melt, and an overflowing gutter could cause the roof to leak and other damage.

Hail tips for your garden

If you have patio furniture or expensive outdoor gear like portable braais, bring them inside or move them to a sheltered spot on your patio. Your fragile plants will also need a little more attention to make sure they survive the hailstorm. There are ways to protect them:

  • Plant additional soil around them to help them stay upright and prevent the soil from blowing away.
  • Place heavy items like pots and even trash cans on it before the storm hits, and add extra weight by placing bricks on top to weigh them down.
  • Cover the plants with a plastic tarp by placing stakes in the ground and draping the tarp over them, securing the tarp to the stakes.

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If you have patio furniture or expensive outdoor gear like portable braais, bring them inside or move them to a sheltered spot on your patio. Your fragile plants will also need a little more attention to make sure they survive the hailstorm. There are ways to protect them:

  • Plant additional soil around them to help them stay upright and prevent the soil from blowing away.
  • Place heavy items like pots and even trash cans on it before the storm hits, and add extra weight by placing bricks on top to weigh them down.
  • Cover the plants with a plastic tarp by placing stakes in the ground and draping the tarp over them, securing the tarp to the stakes.

Hail Tips For Your Pets

Bring your pets indoors. If you can’t make sure they have a safe, dry, covered place to take cover. If your pet is afraid of noise and storms, it is imperative to get him inside.

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