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City residents warned of severe thunderstorms

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According to Weather.com rain there is a 100% chance of rain in Kimberley at 3pm today.

The South African Weather Service has warned of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening in the eastern parts of the Northern Cape, which could include Kimberley.

Other areas were thunderstorms have been predicted include the western parts of the Free State and the south-western parts of the North West.

Residents have been advised that “when thunder roars go indoors” and have been urged to stay vigilant.

Continuous heavy rains have meanwhile left parts of Gauteng submerged. 

Centurion has been the worst-hit area, with Midrand and Pretoria also affected by the downpours.

Traffic authorities today warned against all non-essential travel through Centurion, with the entire CBD enveloped by rainwater. 

ER24, Tshwane Fire and EMS, as well as several other services, are currently assisting the public in the Centurion, and surrounding areas, following the heavy rains and flooding. Numerous people have been left stranded in buildings, as well as others searching for higher ground.

ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, warned that heavy rainfall contributed to smaller rivers and low-lying areas filling up quickly, leaving dangerous conditions across large parts of an affected area.

Heavy rains on the N12 between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom on Sunday saw at least eight motorists having to be rescued and numerous abandoned cars,  taken to a place of safety after they became stuck on the flooded roads. Further warnings have been issued of heavy rain in the North West for tomorrow and on Thursday.

According to Weather.com rain there is a 100% chance of rain in Kimberley at 3pm today. Rain is also predicted for tomorrow before the weather starts clearing on Wednesday.