Flights delayed, electricity outages as stormy weather hits SA - As it happened

2016-11-10 18:05

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10 Nov 21:31

Meanwhile, in KZN: Disaster management teams across KwaZulu-Natal have been placed on high alert in anticipation of heavy rains and thunderstorms on Thursday night and Friday.

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said information received from the South African Weather Service indicated that Newcastle, Nquthu, Dundee, Vryheid and eDumbe in Zululand were among areas that would be affected the most. The warning comes after heavy rains damaged 220 households in the uMzinyathi district last week.


10 Nov 20:58
Dylan Kriel sent these photos of lightning striking Tshwane on Thursday evening. 

10 Nov 20:48
Weather SA's page currently seems to be down.

10 Nov 20:34

The City of Tshwane says its electricity technicians are hard at work trying to restore power supply to various areas following the current severe thunderstorms.

These areas have been affected: Mooikloof; Garsfontein; Silver Lakes; Watloo; Wapadrand; Mamelodi; Eersterust; Silverton; East Lynne; Montana; Doornpoort and Rooiwal


10 Nov 20:26

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has warned motorists to avoid roads which are prone to flooding including the N1 Buccleuch interchange, M1 Athol Road off-ramp and the N3 Linksfield Road.

JMPD's Wayne Minnaar has also warned motorists to avoid New Canada Road and Klipspruitvalley Road in Soweto.

"A lot of water can be very powerful and can wash away a vehicle. Yesterday six to nine vehicles were swept off the N3 at Linksfield by excessive storm water, motorists should drive with caution in the rain," Minnaar said.


10 Nov 20:04
Here are a few tips on what you can do to protect yourself and your family from some of the damages.

10 Nov 19:43
Some of the flights delayed, boarding and departing OR Tambo right now.

10 Nov 19:40
News24 user Marcell Stellaard sent us this alert: Most of Pretoria East left without power as massive thunderstorm hits. Silver lakes, Moreletapark, Woodhill, the wilds, Garsfontein, etc. Hail also started now.

10 Nov 19:11
LATEST: First boarding call for a flight at OR Tambo. SAA is boarding its flight for Durban.

10 Nov 19:11
Clive Sheard at OR Tambo sent us this photo of planes standing on the runway. A Media24 employee stuck at the airport says all the lounges are full.

10 Nov 19:03
Heavy rains and hail have hit Alberton as shown in this photo from user Phila Kunene.

10 Nov 19:00
A News24 user in Thokoza sent us this photo from Khumalo Street:

10 Nov 18:24

If you're going on the road, click here to find out how things look.


10 Nov 18:19

The South African Weather Service has warned more severe thunderstorms are on the way in the Ekurhuleni area, with reports of lighting activity grounding flights at OR Tambo International, Traveller24 reported on Thursday.

SA Weather Service tweeted, "Warning 18:00-23:00 possible severe thunderstorms Ekurhuleni, Tshwane metropole, north-east part of Joburg metropole. Heavy rain, large hail"


10 Nov 18:05

From Traveller24: After severe flooding in Johannesburg on Wednesday, the SA Weather Service warned those in Gauteng to remain alert as severe thunderstorms are expected to persist on Thursday night and Friday.

Several people went missing on Wednesday when the storms first struck. Roads were flooded and flights were delayed at OR Tambo Airport.

A boundary wall at the Johannesburg Zoo had also collapsed.

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