Hail storm wreaks havoc in Centurion, Cullinan and other parts of Tshwane

Floods in Centurion. File Photo: TrafficSA

Floods in Centurion. File Photo: TrafficSA

Published Feb 20, 2024


A storm accompanied by high winds and hail wreaked havoc in various parts in Tshwane on Tuesday afternoon.

The storm comes after the South African Weather Service (Saws) issued a Yellow Level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms for parts of the country.

"Some of these thunderstorms have the potential to become severe, resulting in heavy downpours, excessive lightning, hail and strong winds," the weather forecaster said.

Speaking to IOL, Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson, Thabo Mabaso, said they received reports about flooding in Centurion but situation was not severe.

“There was no emergency reported, but the water did rise above the bridge causing slow movement on traffic by there were no injuries or damage to property,” he said.

However, in two separate locations in Cullinan, residents experienced flooding and damage to property.

“In one area, three houses had their roofs were blown off, and many yards were water locked. Our team is on site to prove the required assistance,” he said.

Mabaso said he will be able to provide a full report on the extent of the damage on Wednesday.

Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal, a severe thunderstorm battered various areas of Nongoma last week Friday leaving a trail of destruction, causing damage to households and public infrastructure such as schools, community halls, churches and Eskom power lines.

After the storm, the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) went to visit the area and promised to provide relief for those who have been affected.

Cogta spokesperson Siboniso Mngadi said provincial disaster management teams have been conducting assessments in Nongoma to determine the extent of the damage caused by the inclement weather.

“Preliminary reports suggest that eight wards were severely affected. A total of 78 households were damaged, with three completely destroyed. This affected over 600 people. At this stage, no fatalities or injuries have been reported.

“Three classrooms of Nhlanhlayethu Secondary School were also affected, and the structures of the church and community hall were damaged as the roofs were torn apart by the storm. Eskom power lines in five wards were damaged. A water scheme pump station was also damaged, causing interruptions in the water supply in some areas,’’ Mngadi said.