More hailstorms set to hit Gauteng - EMS
Yesterday's storm led to a fatal car crash, severe damage to homes and mass evacuations.
JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Emergency Services has issued a warning for further hailstorms in the city this week and has urged young children to stay away from areas prone to flooding.
It says the powerful hailstorm that swept across the city and its surroundings has led to a fatal car crash, severe damage to homes, vehicles and mass evacuations.
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Emergency services Robert Mulaudzi says five people died and several other were injured in accidents which are believed to be linked to the storm.
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Flights in and out of OR Tambo International Airport were also affected, while power lines fell over on the West Rand.
Shelters housing people affected by a fire in the Cleveland informal settlement were destroyed by the storm.
Several other informal settlements have also been partly flooded and some roads are inaccessible in the south of the city.
Mulaudzi said, "We advise young children to stay away from any areas that might be flooded. Stay away from drains and any other rivers and streams to avoid drowning. Obviously from our side, we will remain on high alert. People in our informal settlements are the hardest hit."
Mulaudzi says in Soweto an advertising billboard and ceiling in Southgate Mall collapsed.
"Part of the ceiling collapsed and there were no injuries reported."
The EMS responded to more than 200 families who left destitute after temporary shelters were destroyed by strong winds and rainfall in Cleveland overnight.
The South African Weather Service says thunderstorms, strong winds and rain are expected to intensify across the province this week.
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SA Weather Forecaster Elizabeth Webster says thunderstorms and showers are expected to continue across the province.
"We are expecting cloudy conditions at first and visibility is even reduced, especially in the southern parts around Johannesburg. We are expecting a 60 percent chance of scattered showers and thunder showers."
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Meanwhile, Mutual & Federal Spokesperson Michelle Van Staden says they are bracing themselves for all the claims.
"We are anticipating a very big sight today, so our call centre will open early today, at around 7am."
Despite the damage, the rainfall has been welcomed as much needed relief from the ongoing relief.
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Metrorail says two of its lines between Pretoria and Garankuwa stations are offline due to severe flooding in the Mountain View area and it's advised commuters to find alternative transport.
Metrorail has also started operating its trains manually, due to speed restrictions in Mountain View.
Trains travelling from the east of Gauteng to the west and south are operating normally after temporary delays last night.
Metrorail's Lillian Mofokeng said, "The manual authorisation of trains that is currently happening at the Mountain View is mainly due to reduced speed restrictions. We really want to make sure that every train that passes through that flooded area moves slowly so that everybody is safe."