SA warned to brace for wet week­end

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS - Ri­aan van Zyl

The South African Weather Ser­vice has is­sued a press state­ment warn­ing res­i­dents of ex­treme wet con­di­tions this week­end.

The ser­vice pre­dicts that heavy rain will spread across the cen­tral and east­ern parts of the coun­try.

The east­ern half of the coun­try, in­clud­ing Gaut­eng, North West and the Free State, are ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence thun­der­storms through to to­mor­row.

Con­di­tions are ex­pected to ease up on Mon­day.

Heavy rain has been noted with con­cern in south­ern Lim­popo, Gaut­eng, east­ern parts of the Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal to­day.

A chance of wide­spread flood­ing is pos­si­ble.

The weather ser­vice has warned that both in­for­mal set­tle­ments and sub­urbs are at risk of lo­calised flood­ing, which may re­sult in the clo­sure of ma­jor roads cross­ing low wa­ter bridges. Mo­torists are warned to drive with ex­treme cau­tion.

The weather ser­vice has pro­vided res­i­dents and mo­torists with the fol­low­ing tips to deal with the im­pend­ing storms:

If pos­si­ble, stay in­doors and off the roads, avoid cross­ing rivers and swollen streams.

If trapped in a flood­ing sit­u­a­tion in a ve­hi­cle, aban­don it and climb to higher ground.

In build­ings, move valu­ables to a safe place above the ex­pected flood level. Switch off elec­tric­ity.

In the event of duly au­tho­rised of­fi­cials is­su­ing an or­der to evac­u­ate, aban­don the dwelling with­out un­due de­lay.

Never drive on a road that is flooded or ob­scured by wa­ter.

Be es­pe­cially cau­tious at night when it is dif­fi­cult to iden­tify flood haz­ards. – CNS/Rood­e­poort Rekord

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