Damage reported as mini tornado barrels through Free State

Trees were uprooted in Waterbron, northwest of Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

Trees were uprooted in Waterbron, northwest of Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

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BLOEMFONTEIN - A mini tornado touched down near Bloemfontein in the Free State on Wednesday.

Reports circulating on social media places the tornado in Waterbron, northwest of Bloemfontein, at around 4pm.

A resident told the Bloemfontein Courant that a roof was ripped off.

There have been reports of uprooted trees, as well as damage to power lines and farming equipment.

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Storm damage was also reported around Petrusburg and Koffiefontein as a band of thunderstorms moved eastwards over central South Africa.

"There was a band of thunderstorms moving eastwards over central South Africa. On this particular day, all the necessary ingredients for thunderstorms were present," said eNCA meteorologist Anika de Beer.

"Tornadoes are not uncommon in South Africa, but the occurrence of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes are most likely in summer."

 

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eNCA