On Monday, a woman and a man in their 30’s, have been killed after being struck by lightning in Gauteng in different incidents.
Severe thunderstorms have been hitting Gauteng. A woman in Melville was struck by lightning and, consequently, was declared dead at the scene.
A man on a farm in Elandsfontein was also struck by lightning and killed. He was found lying motionless in a field surrounded by his colleagues.
ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said, “Unfortunately, nothing could be done for him, and he was declared dead.”
In Gauteng, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned about the thunderstorms and the possibility of flooding, specifically about low areas, hail, and reduced visibility on the roads.
The SAWS also advised that excessive lightning can result in power failures and has directed residents to seek refuge indoors far from metal structures.
By Monday afternoon, the M1 highway near New Town was submerged, leading to its closure.
It has then been drained and opened once again.
Flooding was also announced on Klipspruit Valley Road in Soweto.
William Ntladi, Ekurhuleni EMS spokesperson, said no other incidents related to the thunderstorm had been reported by Monday evening.
Charles Mabaso, Tshwane EMS spokesperson, said that areas prone to flooding are being monitored, and no reports were received on any incidents.