The South African Weather Service has announced a yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms with a possibility of damaging wind, heavy rain, and hail, which can lead to localised flooding, disruption of communication services and damage to properties. These storms will affect Gauteng, south-western Limpopo, the western Highveld of Mpumalanga, the western part of North West, the western Free State and eastern parts of the Northern Cape.
Take caution and be prepared if you live in any of these areas.
What to do during a severe thunderstorm:
- Go indoors and stay away from windows.
- Unplug any electrical appliances that you were using before the storm began.
- Do not use corded phones, computers or other electronics during the storm.
- Avoid taking a bath or shower, doing laundry or using running water during the storm.
- If you are in a car driving, head to the side of the road to wait out the storm.
- Avoid laying on concrete floors and leaning against concrete walls.
- Stay away from tall objects such as fences, trees, and utility poles.
Please take caution if you are in any of the areas the yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms is affecting. Stay indoors if possible and unplug all your electrical items. If you must go outside, avoid tall objects and lying on concrete floors or leaning against concrete walls. Remember these tips to stay safe during a severe thunderstorm.
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