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Heavy rain in Gauteng should subside by Friday

The weather service issued a warning for possible flash flooding in the province.

FILE: Major roads around Gauteng have been damaged by severe rains. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency Services are on high alert as the first of the heavy summer rains are expected to continue in Gauteng today.

On Tuesday, the South African Weather Service issued a warning for possible flash flooding in the province.

Forecaster Jan Vermeulen says the wet weather should improve by Friday.

"Tomorrow we expect the chances of rain to decrease to 60 percent. Showers and thundershowers over Gauteng and the day after we expect it to be down to a 30 percent chance."

Meanwhile, Eskom says the power supply is very tight this morning and consumers have been asked to use electricity sparingly.

While there are no warnings of load shedding but Eskom says it has already had to activate its gas turbine to supplement the high demand.

The utility's Andrew Etzinger says they're expecting the power grid to still be in the same shape.

"We're expecting the grid will be much the same shape as yesterday. We have been running our gas turbine plant this morning and it's not a good thing because it's costing us a lot of money."

Emergency services also issued a warning of possible flooding in some areas and said residents need to report such incidents.

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