Over 3000 people were left homeless and more than 20
This was the last real chase day as I was leaving the next day so we went all out and clocked over 400km of distance over a period of about 5 hours or so. We were targeting some intense cells to the north east of Pretoria, but there were some neat isolated cells to the south east first so I opted to head SW to see how that cell does before heading north so we headed towards the SE cell where you can see pictures below of the large beautiful crisp convection that was present at this storm, but after the photos the storm started weakening so we then headed up north for an hour or so until we reached Bela-Bela and then headed east behind the storm and this is where it got interesting… Little to our knowledge we had already entered Limpopo and a few kilometers back and then into Mpumalanga, it was my first time visiting the provinces.
The GPS we were using had one of the roads as a tar road, and it was our only way to our destination so we took it (let’s just say it wasn’t tar). We were passing along side a township on a narrow 8 kilometer road, the road was in terrible condition with huge holes and ditches in it- it was a very rough ride.
It was clear that the storm had just passed through the area as flash flooding was evident as can be seen in the photographs below. We were in an Opel Corsa so there was a very real chance of us getting stuck… Things got even worse after that as the road we were planning to get on was closed for retarring and we had to go in the opposite direction along the sides of the half tarred road for about another 10 kilometers or so- it was a wonderful feeling to get back onto the tarred road. We then tracked under the storm as we entered an area of much better moisture as could be seen in the lowering of the clouds in some of the photographs. We also managed to come across a much needed garage (of a name which we’d never heard). The photos with the bright foreground are the result of a ray of sunshine shining through onto the fields in ront of us, made for a great photo opportunity. We also encountered some heavy rain on our way back to Pretoria.