Gauteng has been pummelled by freak weather conditions on Friday, after a cloud burst dumped an unholy amount of rain on regions in the south of the province. Vereeniging was worst-affected, and a local garage roof has collapsed onto several cars this afternoon. Meanwhile, other local businesses have been dealt another crushing blow by regional flooding.
Watch: Gauteng store hit by ‘indoor rain’ in extreme downpour
One store in Three Rivers saw the rain burst through the ceiling and cascade down on them indoors. After lengthy shutdowns due to COVID-19 and subsequent virus restrictions, this nightmare scenario couldn’t have played out at a worse time. Staff were left to dodge the deluge as it poured through the light fightings above:
THREE RIVERS…. pic.twitter.com/Y5Hm92lhBj
— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) November 20, 2020
Vereeniging floods in Gauteng – latest updates:
Early estimates claim that up to 50mm of water fell in just 30 minutes. Entire car parks have been flooded, and some areas of Gauteng were left submerged on Friday afternoon. Rainwater stood inches off the ground in Vereeniging, and despite the storm passing, it would seem that the damage inflicted is likely to be long-lasting.
Several flurries of hail have also battered areas in the Vaal. The punishing conditions made driving extremely hazardous. Many residential homes and properties are also feeling the full force of these storms, with infrastructure damage piling-up across Gauteng.
This bizarre weather comes just days after a tornado ripped through Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Indeed, South Africa has been at the complete mercy of the elements this week – and they’ve shown no sign of letting up:
Watch: Vereeniging flooded after freak storms
Lots of flooding in Vereeniging after a cloud burst earlier.
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— Storm Report SA (@StormReportSA1) November 20, 2020
Flooding in Gen. Hertzog Rd in Three Rivers pic.twitter.com/2PwsYZZvt4
— Christo (@christococonuts) November 20, 2020
Hail storm with hard rain currently at Cross Roads in Vereeniging.
Take caution on the roads and be safe. pic.twitter.com/1MsTnIDx2d
— @VEC_EMS (@VEC_EMS) November 20, 2020