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2 killed after being struck by ‘Juju’ lightning during Gauteng thunderstorms

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Severe thunderstorms that hit Gauteng on Monday afternoon have killed two people, after they were struck by lightning in separate incidents.

A man in his 30s was killed by lightning during a thunderstorm on a farm in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, on Monday.

This is according to ER24 paramedics who attended to the scene as the province grappled with afternoon storms.

“ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 16h55 to find the man lying motionless in the field, surrounded by colleagues. Medics assessed the man and found that nothing could be done for him, so he was declared dead,” said spokesperson  Russel Meiring.

He said local authorities were on the scene for further investigation.

A woman was killed in Melville, Johannesburg, on Monday after being struck by lightning.

In another incident, a man was killed after being hit by lightning in Elandsfontein.

The South African Weather Services has issued a warning for thunderstorms in Gauteng.


Severe thunderstorms that hit Gauteng on Monday afternoon have killed two people, after they were struck by lightning in separate incidents.

A woman in her 30s was struck by lightning and subsequently died around 16:30 in Melville, Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) spokesperson Nana Radebe confirmed to .

Radebe said the woman was struck by lightning on the corner of Main and 2nd road in Melville. She was declared dead at the scene.

Around 16:55 also on Monday, ER24 paramedics arrived on a farm in Elandsfontein, near Alberton, where a man in his late 30s was struck and killed by lightning.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics found the man lying motionless in a field surrounded by his colleagues.

“Medics assessed the man and found that he had shown [sic] no signs of life. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for him, and he was declared dead,” Meiring said.

Warning

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for severe thunderstorms in Gauteng until late on Monday, and further warned of possible flooding, especially in low-lying areas, hail, and reduced visibility on the roads.