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Power failures in Gauteng after storms

City Power has been inundated with calls from residents who say their electricity is out.

City Power says it has been inundated with calls from residents who say their electricity is out. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - City Power officials say a number of their cables have been damaged in severe thunderstorms.

The power utility says it has been inundated with calls from residents who say their electricity is out.

Several parts of Gauteng were lashed by heavy storms and hail overnight.

City Power's Louis Pieterse says technicians are working tirelessly to solve the power problem.

"At the moment City Power is experiencing a fairly large volume of power failures across the city due to the major storm we had yesterday. All our crews are out on site working."

Several areas have been flooded and trees have fallen across roads.

The South African Weather Service has placed the province on high alert, with strong winds and hail forecast as well as flooding in low-lying areas.