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Massive storm lashes Durban and parts of Eastern Cape

Oct 10, 2017
Massive storm lashes Durban and parts of Eastern Cape

Severe thunderstorms with heavy downpours, strong damaging winds and large hail, that hit parts of Gauteng and surrounding provinces on Monday afternoon moved eastwards on Tuesday, bringing heavy rains, flooding and winds to the KwaZulu-Natal and the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape.

The South African Weather Service said that it expects the weather system to move off the country later on Tuesday.

"Thunderstorms are expected to return to the country on Saturday," it added.

"The South African Weather Service will continue to monitor further developments during this period and will issue subsequent updates as required.

"Furthermore, the general public are urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio."

Areas that were most affected on Monday were the West Rand District, City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipalities.

"There were also two sightings of tornadoes in Ruimsig (adjacent to Roodepoort and Krugersdorp) and Eloff, near Delmas (Mpumalanga).  

"Other provinces affected were the eastern parts of North, West, eastern Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Extremely large hail (golf ball to tennis ball size) was also reported near Krugersdorp," the weather office said.

"Elsewhere in the Free State, a tornado was also observed near Bethulie yesterday."

It said that extensive damage to property was reported, which included the Cradlestone Shopping Mall in Roodepoort, where a roof partially collapsed, as well as numerous formal and informal dwellings which were completely destroyed.

"This resulted in more 100 people being displaced from their homes. Some roofs were ripped off residential dwellings and small office complexes in Krugersdorp and Roodepoort. Major roads were also affected by the flooding and resultant debris that were caused by the storm," the weather office said. 

"At this stage, one death has been reported as well as a number of injuries."

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