SA Weather Service issues another hailstorm warning for Gauteng

Severe storms have already hit the province this week, causing damage to a number of households.

FILE. Cooler conditions are due to the cold front, which has hit the south western parts of the country. Picture: @TrafficSA via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service has issued another warning of a hailstorm in some parts of Gauteng this afternoon.

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Severe storms and strong winds have hit the province this week, causing damage to a number of households, especially in Ekurhulen i.

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The Weather Service says rainfall is expected to intensify.

Forecaster Bransby Bulo says, "There are active storms in the north, in areas like Warmbaths, the western parts of Limpopo and the eastern parts of the North West province. So, those storms could move into Gauteng and the eastern parts later this afternoon."

On Tuesday, Johannesburg Emergency Services issued a warning for further hailstorms in the city this week and 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.

HOMES DAMAGED

Meanwhile, with more severe storms expected in Gauteng this week, Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele says the latest information shows at least 5,000 homes have been damaged since Monday.

Gungubele says officials have been deployed to Ekurhuleni, to assist affected families.

"Our teams are on the ground, prioritising those houses that have damaged roofs so that people are able to sleep in an environment that is protected, in terms of climate."

To view a gallery on the impact of the hail storm, click here.