Gone with the wind

2013-06-03 00:00

A HOWICK West family suffered damage to their home and car from strong winds yesterday morning.

Jay Harripersad had the roof of his granny flat completely blown away by the wind yesterday. His vehicle also suffered minor damages from debris carried by the wind.

Harripersad said he was watching the Comrades Marathon on TV when he suddenly heard a huge bang and loud noise caused by the corrugated iron. “Just after the Comrades winner crossed the line, suddenly there was this huge bang and I could hear the noise caused by flying corrugated iron from the granny flat. I could not believe it when I saw the damage to the structure, and to my car,” he said.

He said he was glad that no one was injured, and that he will claim for his vehicle repairs from the insurance.

The Pietermaritzburg fire department said the strong wind had fanned many grass fires across the city and that many trees had branches broken or had blown over.

Durban weather forecaster Lucky Makhwedzha said winds in the midlands gusted up to 60 km/h at times yesterday. He said the Berg wind conditions were expected to persist into today ahead of a cold front that made landfall in the Cape at the weekend. He said the cold front would not have a significant effect on KZN’s weather, with a small chance of rain only on the south coast expected late today.

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