Monday, 11 February 2013

Severe thunderstorm causes flash flooding and power outages in Port Elizabeth (10 February 2013)

A severe thunderstorm over Port Elizabeth caused damage and drama yesterday as heavy rainfall, accompanied by hail and lightning, led to flash flooding and power outages in parts of the city.

A stream of posts on social network site Facebook also reported roads, homes and gardens being flooded in mere minutes.

The PE Branch of the SA weather service reports that 25 millimetres of rain fell at the airport during yesterday's storm.

Third Avenue Dip in Newton Park measured 43 millimetres of rain.

It was closed to traffic earlier today but has since been reopened.

Coega measured 37 millimetres and Uitenhage 13.

In other parts of the Eastern Cape, Joubertina measured 28 millimetres, East London 34, Storms River 23, Barkley East 21 and Aliwal North 28.

- Herald/AlgoaFM

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