Richmond and many other parts of KZN once again witnessed their lawns covered in white, but this time it was due to hail and not snow.
The South African Weather Service told The Witness that a thunderstorm, coupled with strong winds, hit the Richmond area earlier on Monday but was moving west easterly.
Ayanda Nsele, an SA weather forecaster, said the weather service had issued out a severe weather warning regarding the thunderstorm which is expected to be accompanied by severe lightning and hail.
She said the areas expected to be affected include Pietermaritzburg, eThekwini, KwaDukuza, Mkhambathini, Ndwedwe, Richmond, Buhlebezwe and uMshwathi.
She said the storm is expected to pass on Monday.
Ricky Jugree, a resident in Richmond, said the storm was very heavy but lasted for only about 15 minutes.
He said the hail was a little smaller than the size of golf balls, but came in very heavy as one could not walk or run through the storm.
He said the gutters to his house were destroyed but everyone else was still assessing the damage caused by the hail.