Klerksdorp hailstorm

Image: @MORENA_BARENA / Twitter

Pics and videos: Serious HAILSTORM hits Klerksdorp

A hailstorm is one thing, but a severe one during November is something else. Residents in Klerksdorp were puzzled as much as the rest of us.

Klerksdorp hailstorm

Image: @MORENA_BARENA / Twitter

Klerksdorp had an acute hailstorm on Thursday. You only have to see it to believe it. Plenty of evidence has been made available, thanks to social media.


It was not exactly what was predicted by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) and what locals often experience in the Spring, or even winter for that matter.

But here is what happened according to the viral images and videos across all social media platforms.

One popular post from @@MissB_SA_ on Twitter drew 1500 engagements. The caption said “Klerksdorp is flooding Broken heart so much damage Broken heart so many peoples houses damaged, roofs caved in including matlosana mall, multiple shop’s in the mall flooded.”


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Meanwhile, Cape Town has been issued a firm warning of adverse weather this weekend.

A lesser-seen Level 8 alert has been issued and will be in place for all coastal regions between the Mother City and Plettenberg Bay on Friday.

This alert essentially means that there’s a real chance of ‘severe damage’ to property or infrastructure as a result of wild weather. Some forecasts have stated that winds will reach over 100km/h within the next 24 hours.

The national weather authority said:

“For coastal towns, widespread damage to settlements informal and formal, structural damage, and widespread damage to temporary structures may be expected. Widespread and prolonged disruption to power, communication, utilities, and services is also possible. Extended travels delay may also be expected.”

“At sea, widespread danger to navigation for small and medium vessels and at-risk capsizing at sea may be expected. Closure of port and small harbours as well as medium to large vessels. Be aware of sudden crosswinds if traveling especially between buildings, fallen trees or power lines, and flying debris.”