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Another tornado for Carolina


It would seem that it is definitely “tornado season” in Mpumalanga at the moment. A second, equally powerful tornado (possibly at least F2 in strength) touched down on the outskirts of Carolina on 14 November. The violent phenomenon was witnessed by local residents, husband and wife Cas & Marie Joubert as they were relaxing at the popular Nooitgedacht dam. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

Cas Joubert described the tornado as “quite scary” as he described the incident. “I was talking with one of my friends when I jumped up and called everybody to come and have a look,” he said. “It was coming directly about 500 m. from where I was sitting. All I could see were clouds going into a violent overcast,” he added. The SA Weather Bureau, when contacted for comment, were unaware of the tornado, saying that their radar coverage “did not go as far as that area”. They did, however, confirm the presence of a strong storm cell in the vicinity at the time.

The two Carolina tornados are not isolated incidents. The weather in other areas has also been very unstable in recent weeks, with a large tornado being reported in the Vryheid area of Kwazulu-Natal at 13h30 on Thursday, 20 November. The strength of that tornado and the extent of any damage and/or injuries was unknown at the time of going to press.

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