City Power thunderstorms

A number of areas in Johannesburg are without electricity. Image via Unsplash

City Power expects more outages following thunderstorms in Johannesburg

City Power says it is under immense pressure to deal with backlogs following thunderstorms and hail on Monday.

City Power thunderstorms

A number of areas in Johannesburg are without electricity. Image via Unsplash

Parts of Johannesburg are without electricity and City Power, says it is under immense pressure to restore it as it is facing backlogs due to Monday’s thunderstorms.

Parts of Johannesburg were battered by thunderstorms and hail, which damaged electricity infrastructure, amongst other things.

CITY POWER FACING BACKLOGS

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said on Tuesday morning, 6 December, they had about 2500 outage calls from customers affected across the City of Johannesburg.

Mangena said the hardest-hit areas include Alexandra, Hursthill, Roodepoort, Midrand, Randburg, and Lenasia. Heavy storms have damaged some electricity infrastructure, uprooted poles, flooded transformer chambers, and blew trees onto the electricity lines and overhead cables.

“Our response time was last night and still is delayed as we are forced to navigate through the flooded streets, damaged roads, and trees blown into roads,” Mangena said.

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City Power has since appealed to its customers for patience and cooperation as they tend to the challenges across Johannesburg.

“We also expect lots of cable faults and equipment failures in days after the thunderstorms because most were exposed during the soil erosion. Some mini substations are submerged, others with moisture building in, which may only be seen days after the thunderstorms.”

Isaac Mangena
City Power thunderstorms
One of the trees that was uprooted during thunderstorms in Johannesburg. Image via Facebook.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had also issued a high-level 5 warning for thunderstorms, hail and excessive lightning for Monday, 5 December in several parts of the country. 

A level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms was also in place for parts of the country including KwaZulu-Natal.

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