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Deadly storms that have ravaged KwaZulu-Natal four times in less than a month claimed another life at Kranskop on Tuesday night, bringing the number of people killed to 22.

A 26-year-old woman was struck by lightning inside her home on Tuesday night.

She died on the scene.

The woman has not been named until her next of kin have been notified.

Police said the woman was alone in the house when the tragedy occurred.

No other homes were reported to have been been damaged by the heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The devastating storms that have hit several parts of the province have left hundreds of people homeless.

The victims of the recent havoc wreaked in Kwa-Makhutha on the South Coast, where four people were killed, are still repairing their damaged homes.

The provincial government has promised to pay for all funeral costs of the four people who died as a result of the storm.

The community of Molweni, also on the South Coast, where 10 people were killed, are anxiously awaiting the construction of their new homes to be completed, hopefully a few days before Christmas.

Colin Anderson, of the Durban Weather Services, said yesterday that strong winds and thunderstorms followed by rain could be expected in the next few days.

But he warned that the strength of the storms could not be predicted.

"Unfortunately we cannot say how bad the storms are going to be," he said.

"Like the storm on Tuesday night in Kranskop was not as bad as the ones that hit the South Coast a few weeks ago," said Anderson.

He said people should be careful as storms could be extremely destructive at this time of year, as the weather became very hot.

He explained that the heat also increased the possibility of hailstorms.

Anderson also said thunder storms were more likely to take place in the afternoon.


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