WATCH: Hailstorm sweeps through Pietermaritzburg

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WATCH: Hailstorm sweeps through Pietermaritzburg

Roads were flooded, vehicles and houses were damaged when hail stones pelted down during a severe hailstorm in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

WATCH: Hailstorm sweeps through Pietermaritzburg

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Vehicles and houses were damaged while roads were flooded when hail stones pelted down during a severe hailstorm in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday. 


This heavy downpours followed a level two weather warning by the SA Weather Service on Wednesday for KwaZulu-Natal.

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A level the SA Weather Service issued a two weather warning for the Western Cape and Northern Cape for Wednesday and Thursday. 


The NSPCA 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. 

Hail can cause billions of rands of damage to structures, crops, and livestock.


Hail tips when driving

Hail tips at home

  • Maintain your trees by removing branches and taking out trees that could fall on your home during a hailstorm. Falling trees and blowing debris often cause fatalities and severe structural damage.
  • Check the downpipes and make sure they are not blocked so water can flow through. Watch for large pools of water as this can damage the foundation of the house
  • Keep the curtains or blinds closed – this will prevent broken window glass and hail stones from entering your home or injuring you or your family.  
  • If your home doesn’t have a garage, cover your car with any unused blankets, comforters or large towels that you may have.
  • Keep the gutters clean – It is important to regularly clear gutters of leaves, twigs and any other debris. Hail takes a while to melt and an overflowing gutter could lead to a leaking roof and further damage. 

Hail tips for your garden

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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:

  • Plant extra soil around them to help keep them upright and stop the soil from washing away.
  • Place heavy objects like pots and even garbage bins over them before the storm hits, and add extra weight by placing bricks on top to weigh them down.
  • Cover plants with plastic sheeting by placing stakes in the ground and draping the sheeting over them, securing the sheeting to the stakes.

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. 

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