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Hail-hit Gauteng braces for round two

The province has once again been placed on high alert with strong winds and hail forecast.

The corner of Mowbray Street and Tom Jones Street in Benoni was flooded following severe thunderstorms in Gauteng on 28 November 2013. Picture: Melissa Oates/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service has issued a warning to Gauteng residents to brace for more severe thunder storms across the province on Friday afternoon and evening.

On Thursday, large hail and rain damaged cars and homes.

Traffic and air travel was also affected by the severe weather.

Large hailstones cover the ground in Mamelodi following severe thunderstorms in Gauteng on 28 November 2013. Picture: Victor Mbinga/iWitness.

The province has once again been placed on high alert with strong winds and hail forecast.

The weather service says an SMS system is in place to warn residents in the areas likely to be worst hit.

It expects the storms to arrive between 3pm- 4pm.

Meanwhile, City Power officials say a number of electricity cables have been damaged by the severe weather.

The utility says it's been inundated with calls from residents complaining about power outages.

It says technicians are working tirelessly to solve the problem.

At the same time, officials say it could take up to four days to restore electricity to thousands of homes affected by Thursday's storms in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

The Democratic Alliance's Darryl Moss says technicians are working around the clock but aging infrastructure is causing delays.

"The moment you have a problem in one part of the electrical infrastructure, it has a cascade effect. It's going to be some time before power is restored."