Thunderstorms have caused damage to several areas on the Witwatersrand and delayed flights from OR Tambo airport.
A number of houses have been badly damaged in Ekurhuleni. Hail storms also flooded roads on the East Rand while the country’s major airport in Kempton Park had to divert flights.
In the South-West a storm flooded roads leading to Soweto.
East Rand areas affected areas include Leondale, Palm Ridge, Spruitview and parts of Windmill Park towards Boksburg.
Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson William Tladi says, “We’ve got a freak storm that took place and several houses have been blown off. Our emergency services personnel have been deported to those affected areas. The report that we have that earlier on in Palm Ridge was that and RDP house has been blown down and that there was a child trapped underneath the rubble. However we haven’t yet received any reports with regards to the status of the child.”
The Airports Company of South Africa has advised passengers to check with their respective airlines on the status of flights after a severe storm caused delays at OR Tambo airport. Several flights were delayed after the East Rand had been hit by hail. ACSA spokesperson Colin Naidoo says, “There are severe weather conditions being experienced in Joburg and this has affected flights in and out of OR Tambo.
“At this stage flights are being diverted to other stations and once the weather has subsided those flights will resume. We are encouraging passengers to check with their respective airlines with regards to the status of their flights and we are just asking for their understanding and patients while we deal with the situation and bring our schedule back to normal,” Naidoo explained.
City officials are urging motorists to drive carefully in the dangerous conditions. Earlier a severe hail storm hit parts of Pretoria, causing damage to vehicles.
The SA Weather Service had warned of severe thunderstorms in Gauteng. It said the cooler conditions were due to a cold front, which hit the south western parts of the country.
The weather service says there is a good chance of rain in the interior.