Rorisang Kgosana
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24 Oct 2016
7:24 am

Expect more big thunderstorms, warns SA Weather Service

Rorisang Kgosana

Afternoon showers and thundershowers were predicted until Wednesday, with strong winds, heavy downfall and hail.

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After severe damage was caused by thunderstorms in Tshwane over the weekend, the SA Weather Service has issued a warning: there’s more to come. Several homes and businesses were damaged on Saturday and there were numerous reports of uprooted trees.

Ward 70 councillor Marika Kruger Muller yesterday said the roof of the Checkers warehouse in Brakfontein, Centurion, had collapsed.

“Trees have been uprooted and blown over. In Sunderland Ridge, a factory’s roof blew off. There has been a bad hailstorm which affected intersections on the R55. There is a lot of damage in Centurion,” she said.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said numerous homes and basement parking lots were also flooded. According to Pieterse, some carports were blown over, while buildings lost their roofs. The emergency services had to pump out water from basements and assisted various homeowners.

The thunderstorms left a number of regions without power and technicians were deployed by the City of Tshwane for repairs throughout the day yesterday.

“The City is dealing with massive power outages, blocked sewers and fallen trees throughout its seven regions. All our teams are working diligently to speedily address all mentioned service challenges,” spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said.

Individual power failures would take longer to repair as technicians attended to area outages first, he said. Rain was expected to continue this week and thunderstorms were expected, SA Weather Service forecaster Mbavhi Maliage said. Afternoon showers and thundershowers were predicted until Wednesday, with strong winds, heavy downfall and hail.

“Depending on how the thunderstorms develop, it may be severe and damaging. This sort of weather was anticipated and not out of the ordinary. We expect thunderstorms to occur as it’s the season,” she told The Citizen.

She said hot temperatures between 32°C and 35°C were expected in Pretoria this week. Meanwhile, Pieterse urged residents to prepare for the heavy downfalls and to protect their children from flooded areas.

“Channel water away from low-lying areas. Don’t allow children to play near low-water bridges and puddles. Flood streams are dangerous.”