Roads closed, bridges hit by flash flooding as storm strikes Joburg

Motorists in Gauteng have been urged to drive with excessive warning as heavy rain within the province led to flash flooding on Monday 5 October. 

A big thunderstorm and “large hail” at present making affecting Johannesburg is inflicting drivers main complications, with bridges hit by flooding inflicting peak visitors to grind to a standstill. 

Storm rolling over Gauteng 

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned on Monday {that a} “yellow thunderstorm warning” is in place, which means that residents can count on localised flooding in low mendacity areas attributable to heavy rain and enormous hail and enormous quantities of small hail which might harm automobiles and property. 

They additionally stated that these circumstances might be accompanied by decreased driving visibility and powerful winds.

“Yellow thunderstorm warning: Warning sign in effect for Gauteng till late evening. Peak traffic hours will be affected with reduced driving visibility, flooding of low lying roads, susceptible areas and bridges, with hail possible,” stated SAWS.

The Joburg Road Agency stated that motorists must be affected person and train warning. 

“Motorists are urged to obey road signs, traffic signals and especially road closures due to flooded bridges or unsafe driving conditions which are unsafe to traverse,” they stated. 

“In the event of a flash flood, or where residents are at risk, it is advisable to immediately evacuate the area and seek a place of safety. Residents and road users are encouraged to report all road and storm related emergencies to our standby team.”

Bridges, roads closed attributable to flooding  

Johannesburg Metro police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Wayne Minnaar stated that there have already been a number of street closures ensuing from the adversarial climate. 

“Two traffic lanes are blocked off at the moment on the M1 south and M1 north double decker in Newtown due to flooding on the freeway. Motorists should exercise caution as JMPD officers are monitoring that situation,” he stated.

“Klipsruitvalley Road is also flooded in Orlando West, Soweto, between Chris Hani Road and Moroka Nancefield Road. Motorists should drive through Orlando West this afternoon to avoid the flooded area.”

He added that officers have been dispatched to a number of areas to attempt to preserve order as heavy visitors compounded weather-related points.


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