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Raging storm causes chaos in Durban

South Africa
April 19, 2007
Photo: Paddling the puddle: Durban residents Layzelle Pieters and her child splash through a flooded street outside their flat. A massive storm has caused chaos around KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: Sandile Ndlovu, The Mercury

A massive storm ripped across most of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday and left flooding, accidents, road closures, defective traffic lights and power cuts in its wake, and brought parts of Durban to a standstill. The storm lasted for between two and three hours and was at its most intense for about half-an-hour. During this short cloudburst, more than 60mm of rain was recorded in northern Durban. The heavy rain continued into the night. Heavy rain in Johannesburg also caused flight disruptions around the country. There were also reports of mudslides on the Ruth First Highway. The weather forecast did not look much better for Thursday, with a warning of "isolated heavy falls" being issued for KZN and the Eastern Cape. At least 50mm of rain was expected to fall, and most of the province was likely to be affected,
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