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Severe thunderstorms to persist in Gauteng today

The South African Weather Service’s forecaster Celeste Fourie said more thunderstorms could be expected in the province later in the afternoon.

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng roads are wet and slippery on Friday morning compounding traffic that’s already slow due to load shedding.

Eskom is expected to de-escalate stage four load shedding from Saturday.

The power utility said it was using emergency reserves to make up for the high demand for electricity.

Some generation units were expected to return online on Friday.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: “The reduced weekend demand will help ease the supply constraints and reduce the stage of load shedding. We expect that load shedding at reduced stages may continue into the weekend.”

Several traffic lights are also affected by the blackouts and thunderstorms in Gauteng.

The South African Weather Service’s forecaster Celeste Fourie said more thunderstorms could be expected in the province later in the afternoon.

“We are expecting more thunderstorms moving in from the north-western side to persist for the majority of the morning. And then we are expecting a small break in the thunderstorms between 11 am and 2 pm. We expect new thunderstorms activity to redevelop from 2 pm to persist into the evening and into tomorrow morning,” she said.