A woman was killed by lightning in Kempton Park on Monday evening, while another was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said a forty-year-old female had been killed while a second woman was left fighting for her life after being struck by lightning.
He said paramedics responded to the scene on Jones Road at approximately 18:00.
“When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found two women on the ground.
“Closer inspection found the first woman to display no signs of life, and she was declared dead on arrival of paramedics,” Van Reenen said.
He furthermore said the second woman was found in a critical condition.
“Several advanced life support interventions were needed to stabilize her before she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for further definitive care.”
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) issued a warning on Monday for severe storms in Gauteng.
SAWS advised locals in Gauteng and Mpumalanga to prepare for disruption, mainly between 15:00 and 23:00.
“Strong winds, heavy downpours, and large hail are expected with the storms, which could result in localized flooding, damage to infrastructure and vehicles, as well as reduced visibility, leading to difficult driving conditions.
“If possible stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. If trapped in a vehicle during a flood, abandon it and climb to higher ground,” SAWS said in a statement.
A Level 4 weather warning indicates that there is a chance of ‘significant damage’ caused by unsettled conditions. Although the likelihood of widespread carnage remains low, isolated incidents are still expected.
This alert is one below the more serious orange weather warnings that are issued by SAWS, where the chances of damage to property increase to a ‘medium risk’. Over 25mm of rain could fall in some areas today.
By Monday evening, Gauteng residents shared videos and photos of the storm and flash floods on social media: