Thunderstorms to hit Gauteng

2012-11-09 14:30

Johannesburg - Thunderstorms were expected in most of Gauteng province on Friday, the SA Weather Service said.

"There is a 60% chance of rain and we expect around 5mm of rainfall," said forecaster Bransdy Bulo.

He said the Highveld areas would be mostly affected.

Spokesperson for Emergency Management Services (EMS) in Johannesburg, Robert Mulaudzi, said they were on standby.

"We have all our emergency workers and fire stations on high alert," said Mulaudzi.

Continuing rain

They would be on the look-out for the next few days as the rain was expected to continue into the weekend.

"At the moment, we haven't received any major reports... Earlier on, we had heard about the New Canada bridge being flooded in Soweto, but that has since been cleared."

Mulaudzi said motorists should be cautious and avoid flooded roads and bridges.

"We usually have emergency personnel who re-direct motorists off the flooded roads... They should adhere to their instructions," he said.

On Thursday, the East Rand area was hard hit by thunderstorms with several incidents reported.

Death, injuries

One man was killed when he was struck by lightning as he stood under a tree in Nigel.

Spokesperson for Ekurhuleni emergency services William Ntladi said the man was certified dead on the scene.

A house in Brentwood Park, Benoni, also caught fire after it was struck by lightning.

"The fire was extinguished, resulting in minimum damage to the structure," said Ntladi.

In another incident, a man was injured by hail stones while walking on Great-North Road in Benoni.

He was hospitalised and is in a stable condition.

  • autoden - 2012-11-09 14:41

    5mm!!!!!? Everybody run for cover!!!!

      TrueTenacity - 2012-11-09 14:52

      Whoa, so this is what the mayans predicted, 5mm of flood water...

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-09 15:31

      Slow news day?

      wbschorn - 2012-11-09 15:32


      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-09 16:04

      Good thing that right below the article is an advert for an insurance Company. Makes you think... Doesn't it.

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-11-09 17:12

      This warning was actually for yesterday!

  • nhlapop - 2012-11-09 14:47

    Global Warming.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 15:32

      Like hell it was cold today.

  • gareth.breydenbach - 2012-11-09 14:51

    What i want to know,will it rain tomoro night in Soweto,FNB Stadium?

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-11-09 14:59

      No. It will not rain from 5 pm. Check out Kathy

  • ruan.buhr - 2012-11-09 14:54

    5mm of rainfall....news24 is a joke!

  • autoden - 2012-11-09 14:57


  • Rammsteen - 2012-11-09 15:05

    Probably 5mm per second the way they are warning us!

  • martijnvreugde - 2012-11-09 15:05

    5mm = "We have all our emergency workers and fire stations on high alert," Seriously guys... we need to discuss the the terms "emergency" and "high alert"

      roussouw.badenhorst - 2012-11-09 21:48

      Bhaa-Ha... I survived 09-11-2012 in Gauteng! Did not see rain all day... First they fail to predict these severe hailstorms, then issue a false alert.

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-11-09 15:17

    and may the rain wash Showerhead into the sea

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-09 15:23

    wow, a whole 5 mm's ?? that's about the size of the ANC's attention span when it comes to doing some work....

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-11-09 15:36

      You are far too generous.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 15:36

    Very appropiate ad at the bottom. Vaal boathouse holidays. LOL

  • - 2012-11-09 15:37

    Really lets talk about the weather......

  • KCorsar - 2012-11-09 16:11

    Yeah right 5mm is a BIG deal. recently the weather service reported Port Alfred had 389mm of rain in a week, local farmers recorded over 500mm over the same period. Regardless the area was devastated by floods. Weather Service needs to jack up their forecasts after watching the precision with which the US managed Hurricane Sandy - they knew where it would hit and WHEN!!

  • matthewlouw - 2012-11-09 16:15

    What's new? Gauteng always receives hardcore thunderstorms! Is News24 running out of stories?

  • thabelorale - 2012-11-09 16:24

    The standard raingauge is 203mm in diameter. So 5mm of rain = 50 Litres of rain per square metre and that's a lot of rain. Just 1mm of rain = 10 Litres of rain per square metre.

      richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-09 18:42

      Nope, not really. Actually 1mm equates to 1 liter. 1mm rain means that every square meter covered with water with the height of 1mm. One meter is 1000mm, so the total volume is 1000 x 1000 x 1 = 10^6 cubic mm or 10^3 cubic cm or 1 cubic dm, which is one liter. So for every mm of rain you get one liter per square meter.

  • jacques.loots1 - 2012-11-09 16:36

    I guess what they meant was, ...rain rate of 5mm/hour is expected...

  • thelma.daly - 2012-11-09 17:25

    This was for Thursday!!! Major floods in Benoni and Boksburg!!! many houses under water, windows broken, cars severely damaged. More like 50mm than 5mm!!!! and it seems like it hasn't stopped yet!!!! Second major storm in 2 weeks!!!!

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-11-09 19:01

    I'm from port elizabeth. Relocated to boksburg 3weeks ago. What I saw on thursday was totaly unreal. I dnt know sh !t like that

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2012-11-09 19:36

    maybe the weatherman means 5m mm ?

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-10 13:17

    Why are rivers not gettin full with all this rain?

  • andrew.s.rowland - 2012-11-10 16:00

    The South African Weather Service. Proudly warning SA residents 24 hours after the actual storm has hit. Whatever...

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