National 2.8.2016 03:04 pm

Strong winds expected to hit Gauteng overnight

Those travelling are advised to be aware of cross winds between buildings and flying debris.

The City of Ekurhuleni has released a statement warning residents that weather forecasters predict strong and damaging winds will hit Gauteng from midnight until the wee hours of Wednesday.

“These winds are sudden and can cause much damage. Residents are advised to stay indoors where possible away from the windows that open towards the severe winds,” it says.

Those travelling are advised to be aware of cross winds between buildings and flying debris, and should stay clear of fallen trees and power lines.

The City of Ekurhuleni’s disaster and management services officials will be on high alert, and should there be an emergency, residents are encouraged to contact the Ekurhuleni emergency centre on (011) 458 0911/ 10177.

Last week, 20 people suffered injury at a shopping mall, where a tornado destroyed the fence and carports and damaged about 20 vehicles belonging to employees, as well as three ambulances.

>> Read more: WATCH: Tornado blows through Magaliesburg

Spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police department, Wilfred Kgasago, said the tornado struck Tembisa at around 4pm.

“At around 4pm this afternoon, a tornado hit Tembisa and damaged roofs at Phumulani Mall, Tembisa Hospital and at Total garage on RTJ Mamani Road,” Kgasago said.

“According to information at out disposal, two people were reported injured at the mall and our search and rescue teams are currently rummaging through the rubble searching for survivors.”

>>Read more: Pics: Aftermath of a tornado

The whirlwind had gone in the direction of Bronkhorstspruit

The SA Weather Service warned that the country would suffer from stormy winter weather this week, with heavy rains and snowfalls forecast in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.



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