Met Department issues lightning warning  

26 Sep, 2023 - 16:09 0 Views
Met Department issues lightning warning   Six provinces at risk of lightning strikes.


The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) and the Department of Civil Protection Unit on Tuesday warned of outbreaks of light showers and lightning strikes on the same day in some parts of the country until Friday.

In a joint statement, the two agencies said the provinces of Matabeleland North and South, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Masvingo and Manicaland, as well as southern districts of Midlands, were most at risk.

They said the light showers and lightning strikes were expected to hit the southwestern parts of the country from Tuesday, while southeastern areas would be affected from Wednesday to Friday.

The agencies warned the public in affected areas to take precautions against the lightning strikes and light showers, drizzle, moderate winds and a shift from hot to cloudy, cold weather.

“When thunder roars it is best to be indoors. Do not seek shelter under trees or near poles or pylons, try to find an earthened building,” they said.

If unable to find shelter, they advised the public to stay low, and far from livestock.

The agencies said the rains, however, did not indicate the start of the rain season, and farmers should not plant crops.

“Ensure the elderly, persons with disabilities, young and ill are kept warm when the weather changes from hot to cool on Wednesday 27 September,” they said.

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