STORMY South Africa: Rain and Hail Pelt Gauteng and Other Parts of the Country

Heavy hail and rain in Gauteng, South Africa, over the past 24 hours has had some social media users doubting the authenticity of photos of the storm. One Facebook user called for someone to be blocked and reported after the person posted photos from Laudium, Pretoria, that seemed too unreal to be true!

Photo posted to FB by Zunaid Alli – “Luckily mostly small to medium sized hail…”

But the hail (also experienced in Vereeniging) and heavy rain – and the damage they caused – were very real. Some routes were closed as cars fast became trapped or swept away by flooded roads.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had on Friday predicted stormy weather for parts of South Africa.

Motorists were urged to drive safely (if at all) during the heavy downpours… but still, unfortunately at least 20 accidents were reported on Johannesburg roads during the downfalls.

Residents are advised to avoid a section of Taj street near the dar ul uloom. The road is closed due to hail

Posted by Laudium Today on Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pretoria hail storm N1

Posted by Leicha-Marie Fourie on Saturday, October 13, 2018

pretoria kolonade

Posted by William Miles on Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hail like golf balls in Hartbeespoort…

Near Harties

Posted by Graham Sanders on Saturday, October 13, 2018

The hailstorm cloud as it was approaching Harties…

Tanya CoetzeeHailstorm approaching Harbeespoort

Posted by Storm Report SA on Saturday, October 13, 2018

Other parts of South Africa also experienced heavy rainfall. De Aar in the Northern Cape – where water is desperately needed – received 70mm, according to Facebook users.

Mooinooi, Rustenberg, North West this morning:

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