A hailstorm just outside of Knysna caused several cars to crash into one another yesterday. This comes just a day after the town of Montague experienced heavy rains itself, which were paired with golf ball-sized hailstones.

Severe damage to roofs, solar panels, windows, and cars were reported in Montagu following the hailstorm that hit the town just after 9pm on Monday evening. The storm also resulted in a rockfall that caused the Cogmanskloof road between Montagu and Ashton to be closed off as well.

The heavy rains that fell upon the town on Sunday and Monday caused the Keisie River to overflow, preventing children in the area from attending school on Tuesday. Approximately 35mm of rain was recorded in the town on Sunday evening, and a further 65mm was recorded on Monday.

Speaking to IOL, Western Cape Traffic officials reported that no one was seriously injured in the multiple-car crash outside of Knysna. “We had a few vehicles that were involved in accidents and slight injuries occurred. However, the hail storm was not that long and currently the situation is back to normal. The road itself has been reopened to traffic and is not slippery at the moment,” Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said.




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