More rain forecast for KZN coast


The South African weather service predicts more heavy precipitation for Monday evening and Tuesday on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

Scattered thunderstorms are forecast for large parts of the country, including the whole of KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday. The weather service has also issued a yellow level 2 warning for heavy thunderstorms and heavy rainfall on the KwaZulu-Natal coast on Monday evening. These weather conditions can result in floods, strong winds and even hail.

Heavy thunderstorms are expected over Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

Heavy rainfall that fell on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Sunday evening has already caused major damage in the area, especially the Margate area.

The heavy rains and flooding damaged roads, businesses, churches and homes and left thousands homeless. At least four people died.

George Henderson, a DA ward councillor, says it started raining late on Sunday evening. The heavy rain increased in intensity and left parts of the popular coastal town under water.

Henderson, who also serves the communities of Uvongo, St Michael’s-on-Sea and Manaba, says Margate is also without power after lightning struck a transformer. The first phase of repair work has already begun.

Heavy rain is also forecast for the interior on Tuesday. A yellow level 2 warning against disruptive rain that can cause flash floods has been issued for the entire Free State, Kimberley, De Aar, Vryburg, Mahikeng and Klerksdorp. Ermelo in Mpumalanga can also pass through.