More storms expected in parts of Free State

2016-10-21 12:16
Hail in Bloemfontein (Free State Health Department, via Facebook)

Hail in Bloemfontein (Free State Health Department, via Facebook)

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Bloemfontein - Severe thunderstorms could once again hit parts of the Free State on Friday.

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On Thursday afternoon a heavy hailstorm hit parts of the province, leaving some motorists stranded.

- WATCH: Massive hailstorm hits Bloem

Tumi Phatudi, a forecaster at the Bloemfontein Weather Office, told News24 there was high instability in the atmosphere, which had resulted in the storm.

"We had a watch for severe thunderstorms in the province and we only issued a warning in the northern and eastern Free State. We couldn't issue a warning in Bloemfontein because we couldn't update our severe weather alert watch due to our radar not working," Phatudi said.

The storm flooded roads in Bloemfontein, with some motorists parking their cars on the side of the road to wait the hail out.

"We are still expecting severe thunderstorms in the northern and eastern Free State on Friday."

Free State department of health spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said there were no injuries reported as a result of the storm.

"While we were happy to receive the much needed rain, others experienced unexpected inconvenience as a result of the damage caused by the hail.

"We have not received any news of injury or loss of life. We urge all the people of the Free State to take extra care against these extreme weather patterns, including lightning," said Mvambi.

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