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Durban storm mop-up plans may have to be put on hold as gale force winds are expected to thrash South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast. 

The South African Weather Service has warned that southerly winds, blowing at a minimum of 35 knots, were expected to sweep through the areas along the coast. 

Forecaster on duty Thandiwe Gumede said in Durban, winds were expected to reach maximum speeds of 80 km per hour. 

Areas likely to feel the brunt of the winds are Durban, Margate, Port Edward, Richards Bay and St Lucia.

This comes just days after the devastating storm tore through the province leaving several people dead, many injured and taking a toll on buildings, vehicles and infrastructure.

The strong winds will persist throughout Thursday but rain was only expected in the afternoon. 

There was a 30% chance of evening showers said Gumede.

The eThekwini Municipality issued a warning about two cold fronts expected in Durban on Thursday.

“The cold fronts are expected to pass out to sea on the south of the province. Associated with these are strong winds. Heavy rainfall is also expected this afternoon.”

Residents are requested to call the Emergency Management Call Centre for emergencies on 031 361 0000.

The Mercury