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Hailstorm hits Joburg

A hailstorm has battered Johannesburg, with several road accidents being reported.

Radio 702’s early morning show has been inundated with calls and SMSes from people reporting heavy hail and rain.

A file photo of a hailstorm. Credit: REUTERS

Several said road conditions were very poor and urged motorists to drive with extreme caution.

Presenter Ray White said he had heard of a fatal accident in Randfontein. A caller said she was stuck behind a three-car pile-up.

One man, calling from Rosebank, said: “It’s white, white, white.”

Another woman said that even though she was driving at 50km/h, her brakes were not working because of the slipperiness of the roads.

On Twitter at 5.57am, the SA Weather Service posted this warning: “Severe thunderstorm over N. Joburg and Centurion with possible heavy falls that might lead to road flooding within the next 30min.” - IOL

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