Extreme Weather and Flash Flood Warning for Durban and KZN
Weather reports and satellite images have warned of strong rain storms in Durban and KZN. Pictures of heavy rainfall in Durban and surrounding areas show roads and cars being affected by the flood caused by the downpour.
Images of the flood were posted on Facebook, which showed cars in Howick driving through knee deep water. There has also been a report of heavy hail in the Howick region.
Satellite images issued by South African Weather Services from this morning and then later this afternoon, show warnings of a flash flood and extreme weather.
According to the weather mobile app Accuweather, the extreme weather is predicted to continue into the night until tomorrow morning. Motorists have been urged to be extremely vigilant and cautious on the roads, as there have been numerous accidents that have already been reported.
To many this is a blessing as KZN was about issue a drought warning. The water shortage reached crisis levels north of Durban deepened, and both large and small-scale farmers have began counting the cost of lost production.
Residents of several suburbs were urged this week to reduce their water usage by 10 percent as Hazelmere Dam dropped to a critical level of 51 percent.
The eThekwini Municipality, warning of the imminent danger of water stocks running out, blamed El Niño – a series of climatic changes – for the drought-like conditions. This climate change could also be attributed to the extreme flood and hail that was experienced today.
The dam serves Verulam, Grange, Redcliffe, Everest Heights, Waterloo, Trenance, oThongathi (Tongaat), Westbrook, La Mercy, Sea Tides, Hambanati, Emona, Burbreeze and eMdloti (Umdloti).
Other parts of South Africa were also affected by extreme weather conditions. Dust Storms hit Johannesburg and Bloemfontein today. SA Weather Reports on Twitter tweeted: “Today in South Africa – Dust Storms, Hail, Snow, Rain, Severe Thunderstorms, Flash Flooding, Fires, Car Accidents, Search and Rescue”.