DURBAN – Heavy rains have been forecasted for KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
The provincial government has sent out an alert, urging the public to get to safe areas ahead of heavy downpours and thunders.
A tornado has been spotted near the KwaZulu-Natal midlands on Tuesday.
In a video posted to Facebook by Storm Report Live, the twister can be seen fiercely tearing through what is said to be the small town of New Hanover, north of Pietermaritzburg.
This comes after several areas in Durban were affected by heavy rains from the beginning of the week.
Heavy rains have been pounding parts of KwaZulu-Natal, triggering floods and blocking off some roads.
Heavy rains and potential flooding have been forecast for much of the province, with Thursday night predicted to see the worst of it. IN light of the severe weather warning issued by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) for tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday, the Port of Richards Bay has urged all stakeholders to take proactive safety measures.
At least two people have died and around 18 injured following the inclement weather in the province.
Durban weather warning for Thursday 14 November
They are warning that there is “an extreme danger to life” with this upcoming forecast. Dangerous conditions like landslides and overflowing rivers are likely to endanger hundreds, if not thousands of residents across the province. According to Saws, around 150mm of rain could fall in a 24-hour period:
The far-east areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo are also set for an epic dousing, whereas Free State will get another lashing on Thursday. However, all eyes are on KZN, as local authorities look to limit the damage.