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National flood warning

10 March 2014:

Further heavy rains and localized flooding expected to persist in places over the north-eastern and eastern parts of South Africa. 

During the past week, the north-eastern parts of the country have been experiencing heavy rains which led to flooding in many places. In general, rainfall probability over the eastern half of the country will remain fairly high up to and including Thursday, 13 March. By Friday and Saturday, the upper trough (which is currently a major contributor to the rain pattern) will have moved eastwards, away from the country, allowing conditions to become sunnier and warmer, with only a small chance of showers or thundershowers, which are mostly likely to be light in nature. 

Precautions during flooding 
  1. Where possible, stay off the roads and exercise caution and patience when you are on the roads.
  2. If walking outdoors, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles.
  3. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a person off their feet, and a depth of 2 feet is enough to float a car.
  4. Never try to walk, swim or drive through fast-moving flood water. Stop, turn around and go another way.
  5. Do consider the information that has been shared by the Emergency Services or Disaster Management Centres in your area.
  6. Never drive into water covering the road. You would not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away.
  7. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground, then call someone for help.
  8. Visibility will be limited, be especially cautious at night when itís harder to recognize flood dangers.
  9. Low water bridges will be prone to flooding, where possible, try and avoid such routes.
The South African Weather Service will continue monitoring any further developments relating to this weather system and will issue subsequent updates as required. Furthermore, the public is urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio. Updated information can also be found at www.weathersa.co.za as well as via the SA Weather Service twitter account @SAWeatherService

Compiled by: Mkhushulwa Msimanga, Senior Forecaster. 
Edited by: Kevin Rae, Chief Forecaster. 
 
For technical enquiries contact: 
National Forecasting Centre 
Tel: 012 367 6041 
Media enquiries contact: 
Ms Hannelee Doubell: Manager, External Communications 
Tel: (012) 367 6104 
Cell: 072 222 6305 E-mail: hannelee.doubell@weathersa.co.za 


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