South Africa –Sharpville – Global crash – 20 November 2020. A filing station roof collapsed during a freak storm in Sharpville on Friday. Three vehicles were damaged and two passengers suffered injuries and late on Friday were still being treated in hospital. The owner of a Toyota taxi says he is happy that the driver is alive but his car cost him almost R500k. Bystanders where making suggestions on how the roof should be hoisted to remove the cars but engineers and emergency services were on the scene to take control. Picture: Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)
South Africa –Sharpville – Global crash – 20 November 2020. A filing station roof collapsed during a freak storm in Sharpville on Friday. Three vehicles were damaged and two passengers suffered injuries and late on Friday were still being treated in hospital. The owner of a Toyota taxi says he is happy that the driver is alive but his car cost him almost R500k. Bystanders where making suggestions on how the roof should be hoisted to remove the cars but engineers and emergency services were on the scene to take control. Picture: Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)

Pictures: Storms across Gauteng wreaks havoc, Vaal hit hard

Time of article published Nov 20, 2020

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Bystanders watched in horror as a severe storm with heavy rains and gusty winds saw the roof of the Global Garage in Sharpville, Vereeniging collapse onto a taxi, a bus and a car on Friday afternoon.

ER 24 spokesperson Russel Meiring explained that just after 2pm, two men were lucky to escape serious injury when the roof collapsed onto the three vehicles.

South Africa –Sharpville – Global crash – 20 November 2020. A filing station roof collapsed during a freak storm in Sharpville on Friday. Three vehicles were damaged and two passengers suffered injuries and late on Friday were still being treated in hospital. The owner of a Toyota taxi says he is happy that the driver is alive but his car cost him almost R500k. Bystanders where making suggestions on how the roof should be hoisted to remove the cars but engineers and emergency services were on the scene to take control. Picture: Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)

Earlier the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned of severe thunderstorms, hail and localised flooding in Gauteng.

There were also reports that the Midvaal Hospital in Three Rivers had flooded and various roads in the area was underwater.

Meanwhile, several parts of Pretoria were also hard hit by the afternoon thunderstorms.

Footage posted on various social media platforms showed several roads in the northern part of Gauteng flooded during peak-time traffic.

Picture: Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)

Annlin, in the north of Pretoria, was particularly hard-hit with images on Twitter showing poor road visibility and vehicles struggling to drive through the water on the streets.

There were also several reports of rainfall in several other parts of the province.

The SAWS warned that a significant amount of rainfall is expected over the weekend in the provinces with temperatures also expected to drop into the mid teens to low twenties.

South Africa –Sharpville – Global crash – 20 November 2020. A filing station roof collapsed during a freak storm in Sharpville on Friday. Three vehicles were damaged and two passengers suffered injuries and late on Friday were still being treated in hospital. The owner of a Toyota taxi says he is happy that the driver is alive but his car cost him almost R500k. Bystanders where making suggestions on how the roof should be hoisted to remove the cars but engineers and emergency services were on the scene to take control. Picture: Timothy Bernard/African News Agency(ANA)

Flood prone areas in Gauteng over the years include Alex, Bedfordview, Benoni, Centurion, Edenvale and Fourways, Johannesburg central, Kempton Park and Soweto.

Areas around Jukskei, the Hennops and highways like the N3, M1 and the R23 are also a flood risk.

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