The recent hailstorm which hit many parts of Newcastle on Thursday has caused destruction, with reports indicating Lennoxton and Fernwood are the areas worst hit, reports Newcastle Advertiser.
Residents awoke to damaged cars and houses, caused by hailstones believed to be the size of golf balls and bigger, which broke through car windscreens and windows, causing extensive damage.
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Residents have already begun to salvage and repair their home roofs as soon as daylight broke.
— Sam Mhlungu (@MHLUNGUOLUHLAZA) March 21, 2019
Newcastle is a disaster area right now. A 15 min hailstorm even broke our kitchen window. pic.twitter.com/FHqDM6YWbT
— Mr Farenheit ???? (@ndumisombatha_) March 21, 2019
Hailstones believed to be the size of tennis balls came down and reportedly destroyed many house roofs, causing rainwater to flood houses.
#Newcastle #KZN heavy #hail storm and #rain in the early hours this morning ????️ Rieks Botha @eNCAWeather @SAWeatherServic @sawx_sa_weather @venter_annette @debeer_anika @nnadv @SABCNewsOnline @TeamNews24 @maroelamedia @JoelGuy_ @TheSAnews @landbou @AfricaWeather_ @Die_NANB pic.twitter.com/Mygal0mXrT
— ReenvalSA (@ReenvalSA) March 22, 2019
Residents have sent images of the destruction to Newcastle Advertiser:
It has not yet been communicated how many residents have been displaced, whether anyone was injured in the storm, or what alternative housing arrangements will be set up.