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There’s a sandstorm currently sweeping across Johannesburg, and no, we’re not talking about that sandstorm.
Around 2pm, residents in Johannesburg’s city centre noticed the oncoming storm engulfing the streets and buildings.
Light refracting through a dust storm that’s just hit the JHB city centre. pic.twitter.com/qWwW6kTWrD
— Mayleen Vincent (@MayleenVincent) August 22, 2017
Sadly, someone forgot the bat signal.
Soon after the above was published, the South African Weather Service issued an alert.
“A dust storm + strong winds currently over Ekurhuleni & Jo’burg. Will soon be over Tshwane. Large amounts of dust will cause poor visibility,” it wrote.
A dust storm + strong winds currently over Ekurhuleni & Jo’burg. Will soon be over Tshwane. Large amounts of dust will cause poor visibility
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) August 22, 2017
User pictures then blanketed Twitter.
— MissBee_nana (@Bee_nana) August 22, 2017
— Greg Mallett (@GregMallett) August 22, 2017
— jessica jesie (@jessicajesie1) August 22, 2017
— Estelle Bronkhorst (@EstelleBr) August 22, 2017
— Marko Svicevic (@MarkoSvicevic1) August 22, 2017
The sandstorm has also affected a number of regions in Mpumalanga and the North-West.
Those who stayed indoors whipped out the memes and social commentary.
“The Guptas are bringing Dubai weather to Johannesburg,” one user snarked.
— BeetleJuice (@im_Rarebreed) August 22, 2017
— Itumeleng Seleke (@Selektah12) August 22, 2017
— Young Native (@Asenati_Tukela) August 22, 2017
The last notable standstorm to strike Gauteng occurred in 2014, affecting Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) October 16, 2014
That Bloem sandstorm just landed in Jozi. Madness. pic.twitter.com/Dhtuyi4qAJ
— Rob AF. (@RobForbesDJ) October 16, 2014
This is a developing story…