Gales batter KZN coastline

2015-11-02 10:43
Damage at Richards Bay Harbour (John Du Coudray, supplied to News24)

Damage at Richards Bay Harbour (John Du Coudray, supplied to News24)

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Durban - Gale-force winds are battering the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, with the first reports of damage out of Richards Bay on Monday morning.

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The South African Weather Service warned of strong to gale-force winds along the KZN coast, which are expected to worsen as the day wears on.

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Yachtsman John Du Coudray, of Richards Bay, said that instruments at the Richards Bay Yacht Club had measured wind speeds in excess of 53 knots, equivalent to nearly 100 kilometres per hour.

“We have very strong winds here at the moment. I am at the mooring with the yachts and we have had the whole jetty collapse this morning,” he said.

“All of the yachts are compressed against one another. There has been a lot of damage to the moorings. We just kind of have to baton down the hatches and hold on. Some of the guys are trying to secure their yachts but it is not looking good,” Du Coudray added.

He said that groups of international yacht enthusiasts had arrived at the club over the weekend, and were now working to secure their vessels.

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