Water Wednesday: SA hit by storms, flash floods, snow, tornadoes and large hail

Damaging winds, destructive hail and torrential rain affected many parts of the country on Monday 9 October. Johannesburg was the first hit by large hail and strong winds which resulted in three people dying and several others injured. Heavy downpours caused chaos in parts of the city with the roof of Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp blown off and an office park in Ruimsig partially destroyed.

There were several reports of hail smashing windows and damaging cars, and torrential rain flooding and blocking roads. A number of tornadoes across the city were also reported.

Durban ravaged by flash floods

The storm moved to KwaZulu-Natal wreaking havoc in parts of Durban. The Department of Water and Sanitation issued a warning for residents of Ethekwini Municipality to stay indoors.

Durban experienced heavy downpours with many cars finding themselves trapped in floodwater. Schools had to suspend learning and thousands of households were left without electricity. Two patients died and two others were seriously injured when a wall collapsed at the Umlazi hospital. The city is still assessing the damage caused by the storms. Many took to social media to post images and videos of the storms:

Snow, storms in other parts of SA

The severe weather patterns also affected other areas like the Drakensberg. Residents reported that 50cm of snow had accumulated on the ground in the northern parts of the Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile in Cape Town, water levels remain low and the city has begun plans to start rationing water.

Here is your weekly dam update:

Water and dam levels are steady across the country. The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 89%. The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town are at 36% this week.

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

Emergency numbers for Durban are as follows:

 

  AUTHOR
Caxton Central

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