Heavy rain, flooding forecast for Gauteng

Johannesburg metro police and emergency services officials in Gauteng were on standby on Tuesday...

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Johannesburg metro police and emergency services officials in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Gauteng were on standby on Tuesday morning as forecasters warned of a massive storm and flooding.

Heavy downpours, severe thunderstorms and possible flooding were expected on Tuesday, although only light showers had been reported in the morning.

Residents were warned to drive carefully, avoid low-lying bridges and look out for lightning.

“We have sufficient man power. The main thing people should do is to listen to weather updates and to stay indoors during a thunderstorm,” said Johannesburg Emergency Services’ Percy Morokane.

Motorists on the roads were urged to drive slowly as the tarmac will become very slippery and visibility will drop as the rains wear on.

The Automobile Association’s Gary Ronald said it happens every year but drivers do not seem to learn.

“It would almost appear that most people do not anticipate the change in driving conditions,” said Ronald.

Weather forecaster Karl Loodts said <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng is one of three provinces in which storm warnings were issued.

“In <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng today possibly up to 50mm in places and that qualifies for a warning and we have done so,” said Loodts.