Weather service expects more thunderstorms in SA

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Severe thunderstorms are expected to return to the country on Saturday, according to the SA Weather Service.

Service spokesperson Hannelee Doubell said forecasters were keeping an eye on and monitoring developing weather patterns.

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“The general public are urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio. Updated information may also be accessed on,” said Doubell.

The service was expected to brief the media on Thursday afternoon on the severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall, strong damaging winds and large hail that hit parts of Gauteng and other provinces on Monday and Tuesday.

The aftermath of the thunderstorms was extensive damage to homes and vehicles in various areas. Roofs were ripped off residential dwellings and small office complexes in Krugersdorp and Roodepoort. The Cradlestone shopping mall roof in Roodeport partially collapsed and numerous formal and informal dwellings were damaged.

The most affected areas in Gauteng were the West Rand, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni but Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo were not spared either.

The service said more than 100 people were displaced from their homes.

Flash floods and resultant washed up debris also affected major roads, with at least three deaths and multiple injuries reported in different areas.

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