Weather alert: Widespread storm warning issued

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The Meteorological Services Department forecasts rains could result in heavy downpours, damaging winds, lighting, hail and flash flooding.

HEAVY downpours which may give rise to flash flooding are expected across the country from Wednesday 20 until Friday 22, the Meteorological Services Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Of note, however, is that on November 20, parts Manicaland, Matebeland South, Masvingo provinces as well as the southern areas of Midlands are forecast to receive heavier rains in excess of 50mm within 24 hours,” the Meteorological Services Department said.

“These may be coupled with incidents of hail, strong winds and lighting. Similar conditions should spread northward to affect areas along the Main Watershed on November 21, 2019,” the Meteorological Services Department added.

Thereafter, rains are expected to steadily ease off, giving way to bright and showery conditions in most areas, with a possibility of localised heavier falls over Mashonaland East and parts of Manicaland.

The Meteorological Services Department said the rains could result in heavy downpours, damaging winds, lighting, hail and flash flooding. Uprooting of trees and damage to infrastructure could not be ruled out.

The department has encouraged citizens to practice safety such as avoiding being caught outdoors or on the road during the pending heavy storms, more so at night when flood dangers are more difficult to perceive .

The Meteorological Services Department said avoiding crossing flooded rivers and swollen streams was key.

The department said it would continue monitoring the situation and update the public accordingly.

The public has also been requested to provide feedback or information on disasters through social media on the meteorological department’s social media sites.

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