Thousands left in the dark following severe storms over province

10:40 (GMT+2) Mon, 04 Feb 2019

Eskom in the Eastern Cape says it has restored power to over 80 000 customers left in the dark due to severe storms over parts of the province this weekend.

The power utility said technicians are still working around the clock to restore power to the remaining 20-thousand- 200 customers also affected.

Eskom has appealed to customers to be patient at this time and to treat all electrical appliances as live as electricity supply may be restored at any time.

Meanwhile, the storm caused a power outage in Mthatha that nearly started a fire at the OR Tambo District Municipality's call centre and billing section.

Municipality spokesperson, Ayongezwa Lungisa, says 14 employees were hospitalised for treatment, while one is still in the hospital.

Rainfall measured in mm:

Port Elizabeth Airport: 12.2 

3rd Ave Dip: 12.4

Blue Horizon Bay:  9.0mm

Chatty: 5.4

Coega: 6.8

Fettes Road: 9.2

Flower Reserve: 5.6

St Albans: 5.4

Uitenhage: 12.2

Catchment Areas:

Joubertina: 6.8

Kareedouw: 19.0

Patensie: 23.2

Addo: 26.4

Cape St Francis: 7.4

Cradock: 13.2

Fort Beaufort: 4.6

George: 26.0

Graaff Reinet: 4.2

Grahamstown: 8.0

Joubertina: 6.8

Mossel Bay: 5.0

Mthatha: 11.0

Plettenberg Bay: 9.8

Port Alfred: 7.6

Queenstown: 39.2



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