Several parts of South Africa were hit by a severe hail storm on Thursday.
Large hail was reported in Burgersdorp, in the Eastern Cape, and Mpumulanga.
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has warned that more thunderstorms were expected on Thursday evening.
“Thunderstorms currently observed over the central interior of the country resulting in heavy downpours, strong to damaging winds and hail. Cloudy and cool with rain in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, south coast of Western Cape, and the escarpment of Mpumalanga.”
It furthermore said impact-based warnings are still valid for tonight.
“Showery and cooler weather conditions are expected to continue over parts of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the south coast and adjacent interior of the Western Cape from Wednesday to Friday, while also spreading to the central and eastern interior on Thursday.
“Minor localized flooding is possible in the Thabo Mofutsanyane municipality and the eastern areas of the Gariep District municipalities of the Free State, Alfred Nzo, OR Tambo, Joe Gqabi, and Chris Hani District municipalities of the Eastern Cape, and in places over the southern parts of KwaZulu- Natal (Ethekwini Metro, Ugu, Harry Gwala, Umgungundlovu, and Ilembe District Municipalities) on Wednesday and Thursday.”
The SAWS earlier this week said severe thunderstorms with hail and strong damaging winds were expected over the eastern half of the Northern Cape as well as the western half of both the Free State and North West provinces on Thursday afternoon.
Hail storms can leave devastating damage in their wake. The best way to deal with a hail storm is to know when one is approaching.
Hail tips when driving
Hail tips at home
Hail tips for your garden
If you have patio furniture or expensive outdoor equipment like portable braais, bring them inside or move them to a sheltered area on your patio. Your fragile plants will also need a little extra attention to make sure they survive the hailstorm. There are ways to protect them:
Hail tips for your pets
Bring your pets inside. If you can’t make sure they have a safe, dry, covered area to take shelter. Should your pet be afraid of noise and storms, it is vital that they are brought in.