Windows were shattered, and vehicles were damaged when golf-sized and even larger-sized hail pelted down during a severe hailstorm across Lydenburg on Sunday afternoon.
Some of the hailstones were as large as cricket balls and apples, most of them resembled the size of golf balls.
This comes after the South African Weather Services (SAWS) issued warnings for severe storms, flooding, hail, and damaging winds in the area.
Shocked residents took to social media to share videos and photos of the unusually large size of hail in the area.
Residents took videos of the golf-sized hail pelting down and photos of them holding it in their hands.
Meanwhile, last month a graphic video showing dozens of ostriches killed by hail on a farm in Aberdeen, in the Eastern Cape, circulated on social media.
The NSPCA earlier said it was trying to trace the farm where the video was taken.
It said Aberdeen experienced adverse weather conditions, which included a heavy hail storm on 28th October 2021.
“When most people think of hail, what comes to mind is the fear of damage to their vehicles, which is unfortunate because, for us, our main concern is all the animals that are left without shelter.
“This video emphasizes why shelter is non-negotiable for animals that are expected to brave adverse weather conditions. These ostriches clearly did not have sufficient shelter under which to protect themselves, which resulted in so many of them dying or being left severely injured from the hail,” it said.
The NSPCA furthermore urged the public to please report animals being kept outdoors without any shelter to your local SPCA.
“If you are unable to keep your pet indoors, please ensure that you have provided adequate shelter for your pet to protect themselves from the elements,” the SPCA said.