Hail sends police running for cover

2012-10-21 15:56

Johannesburg - Ekurhuleni metro police ran for cover as hail the size of golf balls shattered their car windscreens and side mirrors, spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said on Sunday.

The hail "came down like a ton of bricks" for about five minutes on Saturday between 14:00 and 15:00, he said.

"Metro police officers who were patrolling... ran for cover following heavy rain and winds blowing uncontrollably," said Mokheseng.

He said metro police were still assessing the damage, and that no one was hurt.

The hail appeared to have been heaviest in Edenvale, Midrand, Germiston, Boksburg and Benoni.

People took to the social networking site, Twitter, to express their dismay at the damage it caused.

"What a scary experience yesterday really bad weather hail were so big damaged my younger sister kids playroom," a Twitter user wrote.

"Tennis ball sized hail at our place on Saturday crazy."

Another Twitter user wrote: "Talk about hail damage... 12 windows KO!!!!".

"Every car in the East Rand that wasn't under cover or was on the road is damaged. Mine has 3 dents on boot," wrote another person.

"My moms Clio took a beating... Hail damage all over! It went right through the body work."

The Sunday Times showed a photograph of a Benoni man, Jimmy Sales, inspecting his car's shattered rear windscreen under the headline "This weather is insane".

The newspaper carried an inset picture of a hailstone almost the size of a cricket ball which was among those which fell at the Glendower Golf Club, reportedly damaging several cars in the parking lot and gouging chunks out of the green.

The SA Weather Service on Sunday said there was a 60% chance of rain for Johannesburg.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-10-21 16:10

    And then we get obsessed about global warming, instead of global cooling. Ohh I forgot you just go to drink Hunters Dry for that one

  • japie.bosman - 2012-10-21 16:22

    This is false reporting, where have you ever seen a metro police officer running, that is just not

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-10-21 16:28

      I've seen them run,,,,to KFC on there lunch break.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-22 09:14

      Wessel, Thats one way for them to loose weight.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-21 16:31

    iv got the picture of them running while criminals busy running to the opposite direction

  • a18nukem - 2012-10-21 16:45

    Probably the first bit of exercise most of them ever had.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-21 16:48

    Insurance Company's nightmare

      art5SA - 2012-10-21 20:51

      Is it not seen as "AN ACT OF GOD"?

  • nick.holmes.184881 - 2012-10-21 18:14

    Racist hail, damn you.

  • richard.wilson.3705157 - 2012-10-21 18:29

    I was there.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-21 18:39

      so tell us the whole story pls

      merven.halo - 2012-10-22 10:43


  • JohnDough - 2012-10-21 18:44

    Running for cover? ROFL, 90% of them cannot run at all as they are too fat. The only place they will run to is the nearest KFC.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-10-21 21:19

    Windscreen stuffed, all the windows on the one side of the house out and half of the subburbs has no electricity!Oh and dont even bother phoning the council cause you get a singing imbecile on the other side...

  • Charmaine Botha - 2012-10-21 22:02

    ALL the windows on the one side of our flat is shattered, and If I were caught in this outside I would also have run, such huge damage in a few short seconds its scary!!

  • patrick.pitjeng - 2012-10-22 01:40

    That solves global cooling...the hunters dry advert worked

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-22 07:15

    Now the problems begin for all the damaged homes and cars to get repairs and glass replacement in windows. No doubt all glaziers will be extremely busy in the next few days. Tried unsuccessfully to contact glass fitment centres and what is worse my insurance company with no luck. Was advised via message on insurance company telephone service they only work office hours but have an emergency number to call. What a waste of time calling that service and was advised if they could get any assistance we would have to pay the major cost, or they could send security to watch for trouble. Joke !! With more rain predicted how would security deal with the situation and as it turned out we had a real heavy downpour on Sunday evening, fortunately we had plugged all broken panes. So the moral of my story is do not let it hail on a Saturday afternoons or have any emergency after office hours. Good luck to all in getting speedy repairs.

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  • branden.hart - 2012-10-22 08:51

    These comments sound like something out of Sim City - Seriously people it's weather - get used to it. Oh and don't buy a Clio, Hail goes straight through the bodywork.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-22 09:28

    Scariest experience of my life. My apartment is right in the eye of the hail storm. Damage to properties and vehicles all around the neighbourhood is devastating....daughters car totalled. I have empathy with all those who were affected by this storm. The neighbourhood spirit was amazing - everybody was helping somebody which was wonderful to witness! OH and by the way ANC...whites were affected/hit by the hail too.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-22 10:44

      Yes, but white hail hitting whites are not racist...

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-22 09:43

    I heard Zuma saying "we will not rest until we get to the bottom of this matter, i will be putting together a very competent commission to look into this matter - its Joburg today and Nkandla tomorrow and i can allow that to happen"

      Msika - 2012-10-22 14:30


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