April 13, 2021

AfricaTopForum

AfricaTopForum – News Around Africa

Watch: ‘We need hard hats’ – freak hailstorms, intense floods batter Gauteng

2 min read

Gauteng residents have been rocked by a fast-moving, intense hailstorm on Friday, creating a white dusting across parts of Johannesburg and its surrounding suburbs. Flash floods, hectic winds, and torrential rains have all caused chaos across the province, as freak weather conditions persist throughout the afternoon.

Entire malls have been flooded, whereas other locals were caught completely off-guard by the hailstorms. A Yellow Level 2 warning remains in place for most of Gauteng, as the weather system moves north towards Pretoria and Centurion. A myriad of videos uploaded to Twitter highlight just how crazy this meteorological event has been:

Watch: Gauteng hailstorms cause floods, rainfall continues

  • The Lakeside Mall in Benoni has been flooded, as torrents of water gush through nearby roads
  • Meanwhile, some were asking for ‘hard hats’ as the hailstorm intensified over Gauteng
  • – Traffic jams and horrendous driving conditions were reported in the south of Johannesburg
  • At this rate, however, we are tempted to start calling it ‘Snow-hannesburg’…
  • – Lenasia has also been battered by hailstorms – let’s hope that won’t affect flights at the nearby airport

Gauteng weather forecasts and warnings for Friday 26 February

The South African Weather Service (Saws) issued the following update, just before 13:30:

“Severe thunderstorms have been observed over southern parts of the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, spreading northwards to the northern parts of both districts with hail, strong winds, and heavy downpours, leading to localized flooding. Large amounts of small hail, strong winds, and heavy rainfall have also been reported.

“Hailstorm areas are currently observed are Benoni, Joburg south, and other areas in Ekurhuleni. This storm system is currently weakening but the Yellow Level 2 weather warnings from earlier remain in place.”