Lightning, Johannesburg. Photo: Christo Smith Photography. SEE DETAILS BELOW if you wish to purchase this print.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says severe thunderstorms are expected over parts of Gauteng province this afternoon.

The weather service has advised residents and commuters to schedule travel before or after the storm, which is expected to start around 16h00 (4pm) and continue to midnight.

The level 2 warning, issued on the SAWS website, says the possible impact of the storm includes hail and strong winds that usually result in localised damage to infrastructure, informal settlements, property, vehicles, livelihood and livestock.

The SA Weather Service also warned of localised flooding and disruption to traffic due to poor visibility.

Follow the storm movement on the SAWS “WeatherSmart” APP. –

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