UPDATE: Storms lash Zululand

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Heavy rains and wind battered Durban on Tuesday.

JOHANNESBURG - Severe thunderstorms were lashing Zululand and moving towards uMkhanyakude on Friday evening.

Earlier, the SA Weather Service warned of heavy downpours and strong winds over KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

It appealed to residents to remain indoors and stay off the roads if the storms become severe.

People in the Midlands and southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal were warned of a &39;ferocious&39; approaching storm by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

 

"Communities are urged to be on alert and to exercise extra caution as they undertake their activities," she said in a statement.

Severe storms wreaked havoc in the province last month.

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The South African Weather Service warned of possible thunderstorms and hail in the extreme eastern part of the Free State and over the southern Highveld of Mpumalanga.

Dube said disaster management centres were on high alert in all areas of KwaZulu-Natal expected to be affected.

"However, the first line of defence is the people and their conduct in such life-threatening conditions. We urge people to minimise their movement.

" People living in low-lying areas are urged to take note of potential flooding and mudslides.  Road users should not take unnecessary risks and are urged to be extra careful as they undertake their journeys.

"No one should attempt to cross low-lying bridges during flooding. We urge Citizens to take this warning seriously as it might prove to be the difference between life and death," Dube said.