Tornado over New Hanover

2019-11-20 06:01
The tree that fell across Greyling Street during yesterday afternoon’s storm.PHOTO: facebook

The tree that fell across Greyling Street during yesterday afternoon’s storm.PHOTO: facebook

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HEAVY rains, winds, and even what is believed to have been a tornado swept through the Midlands yesterday afternoon, uprooting trees and causing damage. A video of a what appears to be a tornado near the Mpolweni Sub Station outside New Hanover was widely shared on social media platforms last night.

Weather forecaster Wiseman Dlamini from the SA Weather Services could not confirm if what was captured on camera was indeed a tornado, as he had not seen the video. Tornadoes are rare but no uncommon in South Africa. The worst tornado on record laid waste to a track 120 km long near Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape on 18 January 1999, killing 25 and injuring 500 people.

In Pietermaritzburg, Greyling Street was closed to traffic for a few hours after a tree blew down, while small hail stones fell in some areas. Municipal employees quickly opened the road. There were no reports of any injuries.

Drivers also queued to get on the N3 north from Hilton after a huge tree fell, blocking one lane of the highway. The fire and traffic departments were at the scene.

Late yesterday the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said they were at the forefront of efforts to assist communities who have been affected by heavy rainfall and localised flooding across the province. Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso could not be reached for further comment on yesterday afternoon’s storm.

• nompilo.kunene@witness.co.za

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