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SAWS: Alert 5 warning issued for Eastern Cape

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The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has warned of strong to gale force winds over the interior of the Eastern Cape province from Thursday, which could cause injuries from flying debris.

A spokesperson for the weather office Garth Sampson says they have officially issued what they call an "Alert 5 warning" which means that there is a significant chance of formal and informal structures being damaged by the winds, as well as temporary structures.

He says a cold front will make landfall o Thursday and the gale force winds are expected in places over the interior with an average wind speed of between 55-65km/h with gusts expected to reach at least 80km/h.

Residents living in the Sarah Baartman District, Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi District as well as the Nxuba and Nkonkobe local municipalities are asked to be extra cautious.

The wind will likely affect the Sarah Baartman, Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi District, as well the Nxuba and Nkonkobe Local Municipalities on Thursday.

This includes Somerset East, Graaff Reinet, Makhanda, Port Alfred, Kirkwood, Jeffrey's Bay, Kareedouw, Engcobo, Cradock, Middelburg, Lingelihle, Kwanozame, Alice, Fort Beaufort, Seymor, Balfour, Hogsback and Middeldrift.

Large areas of runaway fires are also expected.

The Weather Service also said that communication and power services will most likely be interrupted.

There could also be travelling delays due to fallen trees as a result of the winds.

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