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The South African weather service issued a warning that a sever storm with large amounts of hail was moving through the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.

“Take care on the roads,” said the service.

Residents shared a number of images of hail that had already fallen in the area, including in Benoni.

 

 

Following the warning, residents shared some of their images from the storm:

 

 

 

How to protect your vehicle in case of a severe storm:

King Price’s partner of client experience, Wynand van Vuuren, who says that the Highveld’s legendary thunderstorms often lead to a spike in accidents and losses – but there are several ways to reduce your risk and exposure.

1.     Know when thunderstorms are on the way

Staying up to date with the latest weather forecast has never been easier: simply turn on your weather app notifications before planning a trip or a commute. Or, if you’re old school, stay tuned to the weather reports on the radio or TV.

2.     Park your car under cover

Insurers see hundreds of claims for hail damage every year. The simplest way to avoid hail damage is to park your car in your garage, or under a carport. If you don’t have covered parking, you can use a car cover, or even a blanket.

3.     Find a safe place if you’re caught in a storm

“A tree doesn’t count as a safe place, as falling branches and debris can damage your car. And stopping under a bridge on the highway in the middle of a storm is neither safe nor advisable,” says Van Vuuren. If a severe thunderstorm starts when you’re on the road, stay calm, and use your GPS to get you to the nearest sheltered spot as quickly as possible, like a petrol station or an underground parking area in a shopping centre.

4.     Make sure your wipers are in top condition

In case you’re caught in a storm and there’s nowhere to go, your best defence is proactive preparation. Get your wipers checked before rainy season starts, and use water repellent for your windscreen, to make sure your visibility is as clear as possible while you’re on the road.

5.     Check your tyres are storm-worthy

In rainy weather, water creates a tiny barrier between the road and your tyres, which means you can lose traction and hydroplane. Thousands of accidents happen each year because of wet roads, and your preparation starts with your tyres: make sure they have at least 1mm tread depth, and that they’re inflated to the correct pressure, especially if your car hasn’t been driven for a while.

6.     Don’t skimp on your insurance

In spite of our best efforts, stuff happens. Make sure that you have comprehensive insurance for your pride and joy, which can help cover expenses related to thunderstorm damages, such as flash floods and bumper bashes. Many insurers, like King Price, also have specific ‘scratch and dent’ cover at a super-low excess.

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