Weather update: Alerts issued for severe storms, flooding on 25 March

The South African Weather Service warned of heavy rain and flooding in the south-eastern parts of Gauteng on Thursday, 25 March 2021.

Here’s what you need to know.

Weather update: Thursday 25 March

Joburg storm alerts

The news was also shared on the Gauteng Weather Twitter account, which warned Johannesburg residents that an alert had been issued for Thursday.

At the time of publishing, the alert stipulated the “possibility of disruptive rainfall and localised flooding in south-eastern Gauteng”.

In addition, the weather service’s daily forecast shows a wet and stormy day ahead as heavy rainfall is expected in all major regions: Johannesburg, Vereeniging, Pretoria to Springs and Hammanskraal.

A time frame has not been specified for the alerts, but we will update this article if and when more information becomes available.

Weather alerts: Other provinces

We will include alerts issued for other provinces in this section, if and when such information is made available.

Road safety

If you happen to be on the road during a thunder or lightning storm, adhere to the rules of the road at all times. Heavy rain creates dangerous road conditions, so it is advised to pull over and find shelter if possible.

In addition, pooling on roads causes slippery conditions. Moreover, severe thunderstorms bring strong winds, heavy rainfall, hail, urban flooding, visibility of hail and severe lightning.

If you do pull over, remember to turn the engine off but keep your hazard lights on to warn other motorists that your vehicle is stationary. It’s a myth that your rubber tyres offer protection from a lightning strike so ensure that you don’t touch anything metal inside the car.

Stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts in all provinces by viewing our reports, here.

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Presh JM Reporter

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