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20 December 2011

Massive hail storm hit Ladysmith in Kwazulu Natal (19 December 2011)

An intense hail storm in the Ladysmith area has damaged vehicles and made for treacherous driving conditions along the N3.

Motorist Roger Ramseier, who was en route to Bethlehem when the storm hit yesterday afternoon, says he took the video and photo below about eight kilometres from the toll plaza just before Van Reenen's pass.

"It was still raining and the hail had just stopped when I came upon stationery vehicles, as the storm made it impossible to drive," he said.

"All the hail seemed to be small, pea-sized hail - but the quantity made the ice at least 10 cm thick."

Meanwhile, Shunturi Govender, who got stuck in the hail storm close to Ladysmith, snapped the photo below. She says her car was damaged in the onslaught.

"The bonnet and boot are covered in dents," she said. Her car lights and mirrors were also cracked.

- East Coast Radio/Rodger Ramseier/Shunturi Govender