Stormy weather pummels SA - Round-up

2016-07-26 16:00

Stormy weather across the country has caused chaos and disaster. Get all the details here.

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Last Updated at 19:22
26 Jul 19:36

Round-up: A tornado that hit a mall in Tembisa also ravaged through a number of shacks in the area. Tembisa Hospital was also affected by the tornado, emergency officials said.

On arrival paramedics found that four people, including a 3-year-old boy, had freed themselves or been rescued by bystanders. They were treated on-scene before being transported by EMER-G-MED to various nearby facilities.

Local authorities are on the scene to investigate and provide disaster relief.

26 Jul 19:20

Take note of this road closure in Cape Town:Chapmans Peak Drive is closed in both directions as there are rocks on roadway.

Assessments have been completed in informal settlements in the Philippi, Langa, Khayelitsha and Strand areas. At this stage we are assisting approximately 9 000 people who have been inconvenienced by the heavy downpour and are now in damp conditions.

Our NGO partners have been activated to supply humanitarian relief in the form of hot meals and blankets.

The City's Human Settlements Department have supplied flood kits.At this stage no emergency sheltering have been activated.The rain will continue until Thursday.

26 Jul 18:36

26 Jul 17:58
News24 Durban reporter Jeff Wicks says the clouds have burst again over the city. If you're on the roads there, take care.

26 Jul 17:35
Wet weather in Cape Town has resulted in snarled up traffic as commuters try to make their way home

26 Jul 17:23
Hectic scenes in Tembisa.

26 Jul 17:22
Eerie scenes in Durban at the moment. 

26 Jul 17:19
VIDEO: Tornadoes twist through Gauteng

26 Jul 17:04

The roof at Phumulani Mall in Tembisa has collapsed, causing injuries to an unknown number of people, the mall's management said on Tuesday.

Its spokesperson, Godfrey Mashakgomo, told News24 several people were injured when the roof collapsed during a heavy storm in the area. The exact number of injuries is yet to be confirmed.

26 Jul 16:40
Another tornado has been spotted in Gauteng.

26 Jul 16:22
The KwaZulu-Natal department for co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) will direct resources to low-lying area and informal settlements to assist the flood stricken province, it said on Tuesday.

26 Jul 16:19

Traffic update: Cape Town

Flooding on Strand Street, the elevated freeway at the FW de Klerk Blvd/Nelson Mandela Blvd split, and De Waal Drive is hampering traffic out of the city, eyewitnesses say.

26 Jul 14:47

The adverse weather conditions are expected to continue across large parts of the Western Cape until Thursday.

Provincial spokesperson for minister of local government, environmental affairs and development planning James-Brent Styan said heavy rain can still be expected in the Overberg and Peninsula region, along the West Coast, its adjacent interior and the Cape Winelands.

"In addition gale force wind and very cold weather conditions can be expected,” he said.

26 Jul 14:43

More than 9000 people have been affected by flooding in Cape Town, the City's Disaster Risk Management has confirmed.

Spokesperson Charlotte Powell said NGOs have been called in to assist with blankets and hot meals for 6000 people in Philippi and 3200 in Khayelitsha after 2300 homes were affected by heavy rains.

26 Jul 14:41

Here are 13 tips from Arrive Alive (AA) on how best to manage driving in bad weather:

- Ensure your headlights and brake lights are working;

- Switch on your headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts other drivers to your presence on the road;

- Ensure your windscreen and wipers are in good condition; 

- Check that your tyres are in good shape;

- Don’t speed, and maintain a safe following distance;

- Buckle up;

- Don’t cross low-lying bridges, even if you think your car can make it;

- Slow down before entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks;

- Avoid areas where there are known to be adverse conditions;

- Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120km, doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions;

- Concentrate on the road, not on anything else such as electronic devices;

- If  you are going to an area known to have bad weather, and there is a possibility you may to stuck for extended periods, remember to take extra blankets, appropriate clothing and refreshments, and ensure your tank has enough fuel for the journey;

- Keep your cellphone charged in case of an emergency.

26 Jul 14:22

Traffic Update: Cape Town

There are reports of an overturned vehicle on the N2 inbound at New Market Street, Cape Town. Drivers are advised to approach with caution.

26 Jul 13:51

Snow on Matroosberg  

It is snowing in the Matroosberg Reserve near Ceres in the Western Cape. Heavy snowfalls are predicted for the area on Tuesday.

26 Jul 13:22

Two more bodies have been found on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the death toll to three in the wake of harsh storms and flooding in the country.

(Photo Credit: Police Search and Rescue)

26 Jul 12:50

OR Tambo hit by thunderstorm delays

Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport confirmed on Tuesday that "a few flights were delayed due to bad weather conditions", but that 90% of schedules have been restored back to normal. 

According to the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), aircraft engineers had to pause their services for 15 minutes due to lightning activity. This caused delays on some domestic flights.

26 Jul 12:35

Third body found in KZN

Durban - The body of a man was pulled from the mud on Monday morning after a landslide destroyed several shacks in Cato Manor.

Police Search and Rescue Unit officers had started the rescue effort last night, but abandoned their bid due to heavy rain.

It is understood that rescue technicians with aid of specialist dogs managed to locate the man’s body and pull it from the mud and debris on Tuesday.

This brings the total killed in Monday's flooding to three.

26 Jul 12:07

Death toll rises to two

The body of a Chatsworth woman whose car was washed off a low-lying bridge in Silverglen on Monday night has been found.

This follows a lengthy operation by members of the police’s Search and Rescue Unit in Durban.

The woman was presumed drowned when her car was washed off the bridge and she was seen trying to clamber from the vehicle.

26 Jul 11:25

1 dead in KZN flooding – Cogta

The department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has confirmed one person died in flooding in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday evening.  

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube extended condolences on behalf of Premier Willies Mchunu and government to the family that lost a relative in the inclement weather.  

More to follow.

26 Jul 10:59

Stranded hikers on Table Mountain were Dutch tourists  

Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Johan Marais said two of the three stranded hikers on Table Mountain on Monday evening were Dutch tourists. A 26-year-old woman acted as their guide up the India Venster route.

“It took them longer than anticipated and by the time they reached the top of the mountain foul weather and mist had moved in. They did not have warm clothing, rain gear or torches with them took shelter in the building at the upper cable station equipped for stranded persons.”

From there the female called her mother in Durban who in turn contacted the Fire Station in Cape Town, who passed the call on to WSAR.

The WSAR operatives brought warm clothes and rain gear and escorted the guide, 47-year-old man and 13-year old girl down Platteklip Gorge.

26 Jul 10:34

Traffic Update: Cape Town

An ambulance has arrived at the scene of an accident on the N1 inbound in Plattekloof, Cape Town.

26 Jul 10:31
eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo on Tuesday cautioned all residents to avoid high risk flood areas following heavy rains on Monday.

26 Jul 10:19

Traffic Update: Cape Town

Left lane closed on the N1 inbound at Plattekloof.

26 Jul 10:12

KZN weather records set

The South African Weather Service has confirmed a number of records have been set on Tuesday after extremely heavy rainfall fell across parts of KwaZulu-Natal overnight.

26 Jul 10:10

Delays at King Shaka International

Durban's King Shaka International Airport is urging travellers to allow extra time for travel to the airport, and also to liaise with individual airlines on the status of flights, as heavy rain in the area is causing delays. 

26 Jul 09:58

Driving through water can be incredibly dangerous and cause serious damage to your vehicle.

26 Jul 09:53

Three people rescued on Table Mountain

Three people were stranded on Table Mountain on Monday evening following bad weather in Cape Town, Wilderness Search and Rescue spokesperson Johann Marais said.

"Around 20:00 tonight [Monday] we received word that three persons were stranded on top of table mountain," Marais said.

"They were directed to take shelter in one of the buildings after the WSAR gave them the combination for the lock on the door. This room is stocked with emergency supplies and blankets for eventualities such as these."

The three were eventually rescued by a small team of Search and Rescue personnel who climbed up Platteklip Gorge.

They climbed down the mountain around 22:00 and reached Lower Cable Road just before midnight.

No one was injured.

26 Jul 09:43

26 Jul 09:37

26 Jul 09:25

Tornado in Magaliesburg

Extreme weather of a different kind hit the more northern parts of SA in the Magaliesburg.

Mario Ferreira posted a video to YouTube, showing what he calls a "tornado going past Koesterfontein Magaliesburg on Monday afternoon.

Image: (Screengrab, Mario Ferreira)

26 Jul 09:19

Traffic update:

Heavy mist in Joburg. Traffic moving slowly.

26 Jul 09:15
Traffic update this morning in Cape Town:

26 Jul 09:10

Another image of Saps Search and Rescue saving a 16-year-old girl who had been trapped on a submerged island in the middle of a river in Umbumbulu, south of Durban. (Police Search and Rescue, Facebook)

26 Jul 09:08

Teen rescued after getting trapped on mini island

A 16-year-old girl has been rescued by Saps Search and Rescue after she got trapped on a submerged island in the middle of a river in Umbumbulu, south of Durban.

Upon arrival a member of the community attempted to swim out to assist her and was also trapped in the river.

Police divers and a member from NSRI swam across to the pair and brought them back across the river to be treated by EMS for severe hypothermia and exhaustion.

Image: (Police Search and Rescue, Facebook)

26 Jul 09:01

WATCH: Stanger Ambulance Bay flooded

26 Jul 08:59


EMS personnel have said there have been no fatalities in the areas from Ilembe down to Ugu south of Durban.

“Several rescues were performed when cars were washed away due to the flood waters. One such incident was on the south coast where a family of three were swept off a bridge. They had to swim several kilometers down river to find a place to safely get out of the water.”

Report any emergencies to 10177.

26 Jul 08:43
Police at the scene where a woman went missing and is presumed drowned after her car was swept off a low lying bridge in Chatsworth, Durban. (Police Search and Rescue)

26 Jul 08:42
A woman is missing and presumed drowned after her car was swept off a low lying bridge in Silverglen, Chatsworth, on Monday. Police divers abandoned the search for her on Monday night, with efforts expected to resume on Tuesday morning. (Pic: Police Search and Rescue)

26 Jul 08:22

26 Jul 08:20
Traffic also affected by heavy rain in Port Elizabeth:

26 Jul 08:18
More from yesterday's flooding in Durban:

26 Jul 07:59
Cold and wet in Johannesburg:

26 Jul 07:56
Watch some footage of the flooding in Durban on Monday:

26 Jul 07:49
Some weather warnings:

26 Jul 07:49

26 Jul 07:36

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