Cape Town - Following heavy rains across most of the country, several roads have been flooded.
In Johannesburg, downpour has been recorded for several days, and has caused severe traffic backlogs.
News24 reported that six cars and two trucks were stuck on the N3 Gillooly's interchange on Thursday, 21 January, due to the heavy rains.
In other parts of South African, roads are dangerously flooded too, and motorists are urged to be extremely cautious when on the roads.
Travellers should follow these guidelines to keep safe when driving in heavy rain:
- Take your time. Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from slipping on the wet road surface.
- Turn your lights on. Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you in the bad conditions.
- Maintain a safe following distance, giving more space than you would in dry conditions.
Flooding was recorded in Colesberg, which serves as a major hub on the N1.
Streets in Bloemfontein are also flooded.
In Kakamas in the Northern Cape, where the December drought was severely felt, the streets now look like rivers!
The South African weather service on Thursday warned of more heavy rainfall in the Northern Cape and West Coast district, while severe thunderstorms are also expected over the north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape.
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Heavy rain is also expected to continue in the north-eastern parts of the North Cape and the north interior of the West Coast district of the Western Cape.
The SA Weather Service also issued a warning of severe thunderstorms expected over the north-eastern interior of the Eastern Cape.
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