First seasonal rains cause havoc

2012-09-06 15:58

Johannesburg - The first seasonal rains led to flooding and road closures across South Africa on Thursday, authorities said.

In Gauteng, thunderstorms and heavy rains on Wednesday night caused flooding in Cleveland, Parktown, on the M1 highway at Smith Street, at Klipspruit Valley Road and New Canada Road in Soweto, Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said.

She warned motorists to avoid crossing water-logged roads.

"People don't realise how strong the water [current] is."

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson advised people to stay indoors.

"If they do have to travel, they must keep their headlights on, keep a very big following distance, and slow down."

In Durban, a number of roads had to be closed or partially closed because of the rain.

EThekwini metro police spokesperson Superintendent Wiseman Mchunu said the N3 highway out of the Durban city centre near Brickfield Road was partially closed, and so was Francois Road in Bellair.

He said earlier there were reports of some vehicles trapped on the road.

Mchunu said the M25 (KwaMashu Highway) into KwaMashu was also closed.

The SA Weather Service said more rain and thunderstorms could be expected in parts of the country.

"Showers and thundershowers are expected over the central parts of the country, which includes Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo," spokesperson Kenosi Machepa said.

"The eastern half of the Free State and the North West will also have showers and thunderstorms."

She said heavy rainfall which could lead to flooding was possible in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Severe thunderstorms were possible over Limpopo, northern Gauteng and the northern parts of Mpumalanga from late Thursday afternoon into the evening.

"On Friday, it will mainly rain in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal," Machepa said.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 16:04

    Lets see, I live 10 k's from work, this morning it took me an hour and 45 min to ge to work, lets see what time i get home, and to make it a little FUN, (NOT!!) i will count how many drivers are unaware of the fact that their cars come standard with headlights.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 16:22

      wow one downthumbs? You are no-doubt one of those who dont use lights when visibility is poor - shame on you i say LOL

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-06 16:38

      And now you have 5 + 5.

      johan.jacobs.5268 - 2012-09-06 17:20

      8 idiots an counting.....

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-06 16:08

    Well, so much for storm water drains and runoffs.

  • graham.beverley - 2012-09-06 16:10

    "across South Africa" - really? Its a beautiful day in Cape Town :)

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-09-06 16:23

      Just as well you guys don't get these thunderstorms in C/T, you will all 'wet' yourselves and cause more flooding.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 16:24

      brag gat lol - send some this way - PLEASE

      mark.higgens.9 - 2012-09-06 16:25

      You guys are in a different time zone!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-06 16:35

      Taurus.Blue1 is in an alternative universe.

      frankflower - 2012-09-06 17:05

      Depressing... I hate sunshine...

  • rick.kabose - 2012-09-06 16:13

    The good lord is blessing the vehicle dealerships,vehicle repair shops and putting food on my table with this one folks.Similarly he is shafting the insurance company's. Let us put our hands together and give praise,amen

  • maree.cassie - 2012-09-06 16:14

    well this is going to complicate the road home!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-09-06 16:26

      I'm in no rush! my wife's cooking...I hope roads leading to Macdonalds are not conjested with traffic.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 16:30

      @Rphiri - something tells me you MAY just have a problem. LOL I wish I could say that - but alas I am the one who will be getting home to cook for me & hubby tonight - Late or not.

      rbphiri - 2012-09-06 16:40


  • rbphiri - 2012-09-06 16:24

    And people mocked and ridiculed me when I was building an ark, in preparation for weather like this. My neighbour's ark was built by some carpenter named Juliarse...Oh boy! he'll be joining the Titanic soon.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-06 16:39

      LOL, have you seen the ThaiTanic?

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-09-06 16:35

    Thank god.. At last.... Something else to be blamed for the havoc in this country...All Racists take note - The whites wasn`t responsible for this and that includes you.... Woolies

  • logical007 - 2012-09-06 17:19

    Don't use Malibongwe towards Lanseria.. After witkoppen rd it is FLOODED.... thanks to no drainage!

  • jlouw1 - 2012-09-06 17:35

    "ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson advised people to stay indoors" Why? Are they going to melt? You'd swear we've never seen rain before!

  • kosmonooit - 2012-09-07 08:23

    Hardly the usual first seasonal rain! looks to me like a tropical storm was doing its thing.

  • justin.hemming.94 - 2012-09-07 10:42

    If our municipalities were on top of things and just a wee bit proactive, they would fix potholes, collect litter, unblock storm-water catchpits and drains, and upgrade the waste water plants and sewerage pipes - then the water would drain away from roads as designed, litter and poo won't flow into the rivers and sea, and life would continue as normal - Oh ya, I forgot this is Africa!

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