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Gauteng residents urged to be cautious as thunderstorm warning issued

The thunderstorm is expected to hit in the early afternoon and could last until about midnight.

Traffic officers have blocked off a stretch the M1 double-decker freeway due to extreme flooding. Picture: Twitter/JMPD

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for a severe thunderstorm over parts of Gauteng on Wednesday afternoon.

The thunderstorm is expected to hit in the early afternoon and could last until about midnight.

Lightning and localised flooding are also on the cards, which could lead to damage to some informal structures.

Weather forecaster Kgolofelo Mahlangu: "It might cause some disruptions in the traffic flow due to reduced visibility and strong damaging winds. The might be some minor damage to informal settlements and places around Gauteng and that will occur between 5pm and 11pm."

Meanwhile, the Joburg Emergency Service's Robert Mulaudzi said that his team was on standby to assist where they were needed.

"Residents are urged to be safe, especially our motorists, who are urged to exercise caution while driving. Also our residents in low-lying areas, mostly our informal settlements to be vigilant and try to avoid crossing flooded bridges or flooded roads."

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