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Rare snowfall in South Africa caused by intense cold front

An intense cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough affecting parts of South Africa from August 26 to 30, 2021, brought heavy rains, disruptive snow, and cold temperatures.1 The front lashed Western Cape before moving to other parts of South Africa,...

August 31, 2021

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Intense cold front affecting South Africa, warnings for disruptive snowfall and severe thunderstorms

An intense cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough is affecting parts of South Africa since Thursday, August 26, 2021. The front is spreading eastwards, bringing heavy rains, disruptive snow, and cold temperatures. A change in weather conditions is...

August 28, 2021

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Rare Level 5 warning for disruptive snow issued for parts of South Africa

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a rare Orange Level 5 warning for disruptive snow over the Drakensberg regions for June 2, 2021, with mountain passes expected to be closed. A Yellow level 2 warning for disruptive rain is expected over extreme...

June 01, 2021

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Giant sinkholes lead to the closure of two major roads in Gauteng and Western Cape, South Africa

Last week's heavy rains exacerbated collapsing infrastructure problems in South Africa's Gauteng and Western Cape, leading to the closure of two major roads. The storm left 2 people dead, 2 missing, more than 60 rescued and hundreds evacuated. The...

May 11, 2021

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Wildfire scorches buildings, leaves two people injured in Cape Town, South Africa

A large wildfire in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), South Africa, left several buildings damaged, nine structures destroyed, and two firefighters injured, officials reported Sunday, April 18, 2021. As of Tuesday morning, April 20, crews said the...

April 20, 2021

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Weeks of heavy rains leave more than 30 fatalities in South Africa

Heavy rains affecting parts of South Africa since January 23 when Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" swept over the region has claimed more than 30 lives in the provinces of Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal. Eloise made landfall north of Beira,...

February 16, 2021

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Devastating floods leave 8 dead, 5 missing in Mpumalanga, South Africa

At least eight people lost their lives while five others remain missing as of Sunday, February 7, 2021, as torrential rains continue to hit parts of Mpumalanga in South Africa, triggering devastating floods. Further heavy downpour is expected over the coming days....

February 08, 2021

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Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" death toll rises to 21 after striking Mozambique

At least 21 people have been killed by Tropical Storm "Eloise" since it formed on January 15, 2021 -- 1 in Madagascar, 11 in Mozambique, 4 in Eswatini, 3 in Zimbabwe, and 2 in South Africa. Eloise made landfall just south of the port city of Beira,...

February 01, 2021

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Destructive EF-3 tornado and severe hailstorm leave 6 people dead in South Africa

At least 6 fatalities have been confirmed while dozens of properties have been damaged or destroyed after severe storms -- including hail reportedly bigger than a golf ball, an EF-3 tornado, lightning, and strong winds -- lashed eastern provinces of South Africa on...

November 20, 2020

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New locust outbreak hits Southern Africa, 45 million people at risk of food shortage

A new locust outbreak has been reported in parts of Southern Africa in October 2020, threatening wide swaths of crops and grasslands. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, and Angola have been affected so far, and according to the Southern African...

November 04, 2020

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Cape Town dam levels increase by 9.2 percent after back-to-back cold fronts, South Africa

Heavy rains brought by back-to-back cold fronts over the past few days have resulted in a 9.2 percent increase of dam levels in Cape Town, South Africa, in just one week-- according to the reading released by city officials for July 13, 2020. "The dams in and...

July 14, 2020

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Intense hailstorm hits Middelburg, South Africa

An intense hailstorm hit the town of Middelburg in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on March 27, 2020, causing extensive damage. The incident was dubbed a "disaster within a disaster" as it came on the same day the country started its three-week coronavirus...

March 31, 2020

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Destructive sinkholes forming in Gauteng, swallowing homes and roads, South Africa

Numerous sinkholes are forming in the Khutsong suburb outside Carletonville, West Rand, South Africa's Gauteng province, swallowing homes and roads. As a result, more than 25 000 residents could soon be forced to evacuate and be transferred to government subsidy...

March 13, 2020

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Destructive storms hit KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Severe storms wreaked havoc across KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on February 22 and 23, 2020, triggering flash flooding which killed one woman. Disaster management teams were deployed in affected areas after reports of torn rooftops, uprooted trees, and swept-away...

February 25, 2020

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Rains soak drought-stricken Northern Cape following declaration of disaster area, South Africa

Rains continued drenching Northern Cape on Wednesday, February 12, 2020-- a month after officials declared the South African province a disaster area due to drought. Social media was flooded with images and videos of once-dry areas, getting their much-needed rains,...

February 13, 2020

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2019 among Eastern Cape's worst rainfall years in 120 years; extreme flood overdue and should be expected, South Africa

The Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service released the official rainfall figures for 2019, and it showed that the western half of the Eastern Cape province suffered from one of the worst rainfall years in 120 years, with almost every station...

January 07, 2020

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Sudden, severe thunderstorm ravages 300 homes in KwaZulu-Natal on Christmas Eve, South Africa

A severe thunderstorm coupled with hail and strong winds hit KwaZulu-Natal on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019, leaving up to 300 homes damaged. According to KZN cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka, disaster management teams were...

December 27, 2019

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Major floods hit the city of Pretoria, South Africa

Heavy rains caused widespread severe floods across parts of the city of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa on Monday morning, December 9, 2019, engulfing roads and stranding residents. Pretoria is located 55 km (34 miles) north of Johannesburg. The same...

December 10, 2019

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13 homes damaged in Ulundi as fourth tornado strikes KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

13 houses along with several schools have been left damaged after a confirmed tornado hit Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on Saturday, November 23, 2019. It was the fourth tornado to hit the province this month. It was also the second tornado in less than 24...

November 26, 2019

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Second tornado hits KwaZulu-Natal in two days, South Africa

Just two days after a destructive tornado in which two people lost their lives, the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal was hit by another tornado on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The second tornado tore through Bergville, ner the Kilburn Dam in the Drakensberg....

November 15, 2019

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'Scores of people' injured as very large tornado hits KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

A very large tornado hit New Hanover and Greytown, north of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal (KZN), South Africa on November 12, 2019, destroying homes, downing trees and power poles, and leaving 'scores of people' injured. The tornado was just one part of...

November 12, 2019

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South Africa facing worst drought in 1 000 years

In an interview with news agency eNCA on October 28, 2019, hydrology expert Dr. Gideon Groenewald said South Africa is now experiencing the worst drought in a thousand years. He added that the majority of small towns have already run out of water. Groenewald said...

November 01, 2019

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Lightning strike leaves 4 dead, 4 critical as extreme thunderstorms rip through KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Four people have been killed and four others left in critical condition after being struck by lightning during the weekend's severe thunderstorms in northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, according to a report by the uMkhanyakude municipality on October 27,...

October 29, 2019

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New evidence supports giant asteroid impact 12 800 years ago

A research team from South Africa has discovered new evidence that suggests Earth was struck by an asteroid or meteorite 12 800 years ago. The event resulted in global consequences and the extinction of many species at the period of an episode called Younger Dryas....

October 13, 2019

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Intense cold front to make landfall in South Africa, Cape Town dam levels soaring to impressive new heights

South African Weather Service issued severe weather warnings and watches for part of the country as an intense cold front, currently positioned SW of South Africa, is expected to make landfall overnight tonight July 22 into 23, 2019 with a second front following...

July 22, 2019

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Dozens killed after severe floods and landslides hit KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

At least 51 people have been killed after floods and mudslides hit the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, especially its port city of Durban, on April 21 and 22, 2019. Search and rescue operations are in progress and the death toll is expected to rise. Heavy...

April 23, 2019

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TC Idai death toll rises to 63, severe flash floods hit KwaZulu-Natal

The death toll from the floods produced by extremely dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Idai" rose to 63 and the number of affected people to nearly 1 million on March 13, 2019. Heavy rain has also affected South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal, claiming lives of at...

March 13, 2019

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Dust storm creates amazing red sunrise in Alexander Bay, South Africa

A huge dust storm engulfed the town of Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape of South Africa on October 21, 2018, creating an amazing red sunrise. According to meteorologists, the dust storm was created by a combination of a low-pressure system off the coast of Namibia...

October 23, 2018

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Parts of South Africa blanketed in snow, roads and mountain passes closed

Most of South Africa's Western Cape was blanketed in snow over the weekend, causing temporary road closures and providing a new and snowy environment to animals not used to such wintry conditions. A cold front swept through parts of parts southern South Africa...

September 10, 2018

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Very bright fireball explodes over South Africa, impact, meteorites possible

A very bright fireball exploded over northern South Africa around 16:49 UTC (18:49 local time) Saturday, June 2, 2018. The footage, posted to Facebook by farmer Barend Swanepoel from Ottosdal, has since gone viral. Local media reports the event as meteorite strike...

June 03, 2018

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Earthquake hits South African gold mine, leaving 4 dead and several missing

At least 4 people have been killed and several are still missing after a M2.2 earthquake caused a cave-in at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane mine, west of Johannesburg, South Africa on May 3, 2018. More tremors were felt in the area on May 4. The company said a...

May 04, 2018

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Floods, havoc as month's worth of rain falls in one day, Gauteng Province, South Africa

A severe storm hit Gauteng Province, South Africa on March 22, 2018, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, downing trees and causing traffic problems. Parts of the region recorded more than a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours. The worst hit were surrounding...

March 25, 2018

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Freak hailstorm hits Sutherland, creates a river or hail, South Africa

Residents of the city of Sutherland located in southern Northern Cape, South Africa experienced a rare phenomenon for their region when a freak hailstorm dumped huge amounts of rain and hail in just two days on January 21, 2018. Residents said they've never...

January 26, 2018

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Worst drought in over a century, severe water crisis continues in South Africa

Southern provinces of South Africa are still under their worst drought in over a century. While the crisis in Western Cape Province and Cape Town's 'Day Zero' - the day when they run out of tap water - are making headlines in both national and...

January 26, 2018

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50 injured, 550 homes damaged as tornado rips through Vaal Marina, Midvaal, South Africa

A destructive tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina area in Midvaal, South Africa on December 11, 2017, uprooting trees and causing extensive infrastructural damage. At least 300 families have reported damages to their homes, Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi said. Some...

December 12, 2017

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Durban, South Africa receives record-breaking rain, 8 people dead

A supercell thunderstorm swept through South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province on October 10, 2017, dropping unprecedented rain on Durban, the region's main city and home to one of the busiest ports in Africa. At least 6 people were killed in Durban and 2 in...

October 11, 2017

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Several dead in massive South Africa storm, Johannesburg hit hard

Starting October 9, 2017, people of the South Africa have had to withstand a massive storm, which has caused the immeasurable damage to several provinces, including Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal, leaving Johannesburg flooded and other major South African...

October 10, 2017

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Large fireball recorded over Krugersdorp, South Africa

A large fireball was observed and recorded over the South African city of Krugersdorp at 16:59 UTC (18:59 SAST) on August 22, 2017. The object had a bright blue-green color and lasted for more than 4 seconds. It was recorded by Jan Breytenbach over Krugersdorp but...

August 23, 2017

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'Mother of all storms' fuels Western Cape's largest and most destructive fire in recent memory

The worst winter storm to hit South Africa's drought-stricken province of Western Cape fueled a massive wildfire near the city of Knysna (population 77 000). The fire has so far destroyed at least 150 structures, caused deaths of 3 people and forced 10 000...

June 08, 2017

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Worst winter storm in 30 years hits Cape Town, causing at least 8 deaths

A major winter storm hit South Africa's province of Western Cape and the Cape Town metropolitan area around 23:00 SAST (21:00 UTC) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and intensified on Wednesday morning. It brought powerful winds, huge waves and coastal flooding,...

June 07, 2017