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WATCH: Rare red sandstorm descends on Alexander Bay

23 October, 05:54 PM

Apocalypse? Not just yet. But some may have believed it was the end of the world when Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape was hit by a red dust storm on Sunday morning.

The South African Weather Service had issued a warning of strong gale force winds over the weekend along the West Coast.

Forecaster Stella Nake said the storm was caused by "very strong offshore winds" and the red dust was due to the type of soil in the area.

"The wind averaged between 48 and 56km/h on Sunday morning for Alexander Bay with gust between 68 and 75km/h," she told News24.

"The highest gust was 95.6km/h in Alexander Bay."

She said storms such as this one were not usual except when weather conditions are favourable.

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