The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms, strong winds and hail in three provinces.
ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THREE PROVINCES
The weather service said conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms with possible strong damaging winds, and large amounts of small hail or large hail are expected in places over the escarpment areas of Mpumalanga, central Gauteng and the western interior of KwaZulu-Natal.
- Hail – Damage to infrastructure
- Heavy rains – Flooding
- Strong winds – Uprooted trees and some damage to informal settlements.
- Difficult driving conditions
- Localised injuries due to flying debris
ENGINEERING STUDENT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
Meanwhile, the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has confirmed the death of one of its students who was struck by lightning last week.
In a statement, the university said Mpumezi Mndwentywa was a third-year student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
MUT Dean of Students Dr Thembi Kweyama said severe thunderstorms caused a fire which affected some of the rooms on the third floor of its off-campus residents in Glenwood. Mndwetywa was reportedly asleep when he was struck by lightning. He succumbed to the burns he sustained.