Isolated showers and thunder showers are predicted for the central part of the Free State today following a severe hailstorm in Bloemfontein and surrounding areas late yesterday afternoon. The storm caused considerable damage to buildings and vehicles, blocking some streets. A weather predictor from the South African Weather Service in Bloemfontein, Tumi Phatudi, says a conversion zone that had its origin outside the country caused the thunderstorm that created havoc in the city last night.
A local service troth and moisture from a high pressure system from KwaZulu-Natal and tropical moisture from Botswana came together and created a conversion zone. There was also instability over Bloemfontein and wind created the thunder storms.
She says there is a 30% chance of showers and thundershowers this afternoon in the central part of the province. More severe thundershowers are expected in the northern and eastern parts of the Free State.
Meanwhile, the Mangaung Metro together with businesses in Bloemfontein, have already started with extensive cleaning operations. Metro spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, says municipal workers will first attend to some of the problems that were reported by residents throughout the night. After that they will hit major roads in Bloemfontein to assess the damage in an effort to safeguard motorists. The metro is on high alert and will intervene and deal with reported issues. – Christal-Lize Muller & Cathy Dlodlo