Severe storm weakens after lashing Joburg - AS IT HAPPENED

2017-10-09 16:16

The South African Weather Service says the storm that has battered parts of Johannesburg has weakened and is now over Mpumalanga, while there are still severe thunderstorms in parts of Limpopo.


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09 Oct 19:14
The South African Weather Service says the storm that has battered parts of Johannesburg has weakened and is now over Mpumalanga, while there are still severe thunderstorms in parts of Limpopo, reports Jacaranda FM.

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ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said two people were injured after a ceiling collapsed at the Cradlestone Mall in the Krugersdorp area.

He said paramedics found that some of the ceiling had collapsed on them. They sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported to hospital. No serious or fatal injuries were found on the scene.

“Security members from the mall evacuated the area while paramedics treated the two patients.”

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ALERT: The SA weather Service a severe thunderstorm with possible hail and strong winds are expected over south west part of the Free State this evening.

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Ekhurhuleni Metro Police Department spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said the Gillooly’s interchange near Bedfordview and the N3 in Linksfield is heavily affected. 

The R21 freeway in Olifantsfontein and the R24 in Edenvale is also heavily affected.  

Mokheseng said due to the substation that exploded in Jet Park, traffic lights are out in the area.  

“The fire station caught fire, we are still not sure if it was because of the lightning or the rain the caused it.”

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KZN Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said disaster teams had been placed on alert and were ready to respond should the need arise.  

“We are calling for people to exercise extra caution because there is possibility for localised flooding, people must minimize their movements. People must not take chances,” said Mabaso.    

He said there had been an increase in road accidents with the wet weather.  

“We urge motorists to be extra careful, we have warned people in informal settlements as well.”  

Mabaso urged people not to attempt to cross low lying areas.

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NOTE: Residents of Johannesburg who want to report life-threatening emergencies can call 10177/ 112 or 011 375 5911. 

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Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says the M1 to Braamfontein in Johannesburg CBD, the N3, N12 and N1 is heavily affected. 

“Motorists are advised to drive with extra pre-caution and have their headlights on at all times. There is so much water on the roads it looks like floods,” Minnaar said.

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Extreme weather requires special skills from the driver to be safe on the road, according to Arrive Alive:

- Wet road surfaces can cause tyres to hydroplane (skim on a thin layer of water).

- Wind creates additional problems for drivers as it reduces steering control.

- It can be especially dangerous for recreational vehicles and vehicles towing trailers.

- High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

- Crosswinds may cause the car to swerve, especially SUVs and vans.

- Sudden gusts of wind may present a unique risk as you cross a culvert or bridge, or drive through mountain passes and ravines.

- You may also encounter a small gust when being passed by a large truck or bus.

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On Twitter South Africans shared their worries about the weather, some using humour to help with the stress caused by the storm.

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According to SAWS, an intense cut-off low system is expected to affect the eastern parts of the Western Cape, south-eastern Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, but only the Eastern Cape and KZN on Tuesday, 10 October.

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SAWS also issued a warning for road flooding in Johannesburg, Sandton and surrounding areas due to the storm's heavy rainfall.

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This afternoon the SAWS observed a severe thunderstorm over Magaliesberg moving over Randfontein and Krugersdorp area, with damaging winds, large hail and heavy downpours. The storm was heading towards Soweto and Johannesburg CBD areas. 

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Mulaudzi also pleaded with drivers to reduce their speed, to drive with extra caution and to keep a safe following distance on slippery roads.

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Mulaudzi said young children should stay away from drainage systems, river streams and dams to avoid drowning incidents.

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“Residents of low-lying areas are encouraged to continue to monitor water levels and move to high ground when the levels rise,” said City Of Johannesburg Emergency Management spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi. 

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Warning: Heavy rains, hail and possible flooding for JHB

Residents of Johannesburg have been warned to brace themselves for heavy rainfall and hail that could lead to flooding throughout Monday afternoon and overnight.

City Of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi urged motorists to avoid crossing flooded low lying bridges and roads.

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