Warning – Heavy rain with the possibility of flooding

Weather Service has asked residents to be prepared for more thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. File image.

It has been a cloudy start to the week in Germiston with the South African Weather Service warning residents to be prepared for heavy rain as the wet weather will continue for most of the week.

In addition to the warning of heavy rains, possible flooding and poor visibility over Gauteng, the service warned of severe thunderstorms and high discomfort values.

The warnings in more detail:

  • Severe Thunderstorms:
Severe thunderstorms with the possibility of large hail and damaging winds and reduced visibility expected in some areas of Gauteng from 8am to 11pm.
  • Flooding

Localised and flash floods may be experienced in parts of Gauteng due to heavy rainfall.

Motorists are reminded to take the necessary precautions when travelling in wet weather.

They are encouraged to reduce speed and increase their following distances and headlights should be kept on at all times to increase visibility.

Residents should also ensure that they shelter their pets.

The metro offered residents the following safety tips:

  • If outdoors seek shelter immediately but do not seek shelter, under a tree, under telephone and/or power lines, on hilltops, in isolated sheds, under unprotected gazebo’s or picnic shelters. Find shelter in a building or vehicle.
  • If there is a group of low trees separate from high trees, you can hide under the low trees, however, if the tree is alone or higher than the others stay away from it.
  • Avoid being near metal objects such as,  fences, golf carts, telephone or power lines and steel structures such as pylons and windmills.
  • Do not hold any metal object, use any electrical appliance, use the telephone or take a bath or shower.
  • Do not play sport during thunderstorms.
  • If possible stay indoors well clear of windows, shelter pets and cover vehicles, disconnect electrical appliances.
  •  Unplug all electrical equipment that is not extremely important including computers.

Reminder – The community can call the following emergency numbers for assistance:

  •     10177 (toll free line)
  •     112 (cellphone)
  •    011 458-0911 (Life Threatening Emergency Line)
  •     086 054 3000 (Services Emergency Line)

Other articles you may be interested in:

Tips to help you prepare for severe weather

Beware of flash floods, heavy rain

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