‘Never want to see it again’

2014-10-18 00:00

FROM flooded streets and houses to uprooted gardens, Thursday’s storm played havoc throughout KZN.

As most of the Midlands experienced heavy rain, strong winds and hail, Durban had its fair share of heavy weather too.

Durban Douglas Ritson said there was flooding in the Durban CBD area on Thursday.

Ritson said he was crossing the street to catch a taxi when water gushed down the street, and washed over the bonnet of a car parked on the side of the road.

“The weather was really terrible. It got dark really quickly and there were no streetlights, only the taxi’s headlights to illuminate the surrounding area,” he said.

According to a report from Sapa, there will be no beach days this weekend as most of KZN’s beaches will be closed due to ominous weather forecasts of flooding and rough seas.

However, anyone wanting to brave the bad weather can try Umhlanga main beach, Amanzimtoti, Leisure Bay, Ansteys, Durban, Trafalgar and Winklespruit beaches, which will be open, as well as beaches between Margate and Sunwich Port.

Yesterday Howick residents were surveying the damage caused by Thursday’s storm during which trees were uprooted, gardens were destroyed and some houses flooded.

“I am so heartbroken, my garden is smashed to pieces,” said Colleen Turner.

She said parts of her garden were five centimetres deep in hail at the height of the storm. “In Elizabeth Gardens you could not see a blade of grass. I have never seen anything like this and I am 77. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I never want to see that again,” said Turner.

Restaurant manager André Olivier said the storm was so loud he didn’t even hear the trees right next to the restaurant crashing down onto the road.

uMngeni SPCA manager and senior inspector Dudu Abrahams said although she made sure all the animals on the property were safe and secure, she felt terrible for the birds.

“The birds were going ballistic,” said Abrahams.

Flooding on Durban’s Umgeni Road was reported late yesterday afternoon by a tweet followed by a photo of the flooded road.

Umgeni Road Autogas staff member Shane Walbrugh, who tweeted the report, said the road was completely flooded.

“Umgeni Road just became Umgeni River,” he said.

Reports of snow at Sani Top Lodge and on the high peaks of the Drakensberg were received yesterday.

Meanwhile, Bloemfontein experienced the opposite of wet weather when a sand storm swept over the city yesterday afternoon.

Pictures of the eerie dust bank enveloping the town flooded social media as people sent in photos and updates on the cloud approaching them.

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