- Yet another tornado has hit KwaZulu-Natal, tearing up portions of Utrecht during Friday night
- Disaster management teams are on the scene where widespread damage to property was noted
- The tornado damaged large portions of the Watervaal Correctional Services facility
It seems KwaZulu-Natal is in the midst of tornado season after the third one was reported for the month of November.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka confirmed the incident in a statement, noting that the tornado had damaged large parts of the Watervaal Correctional Services facility, including 20 staff homes.
Briefly.co.za reported that tornados had caused mayhem in eMpolweni, New Hanover and Bergville earlier this month.
Watervaal seems to have been the only impacted region with no fatalities reported thus far.
Hlomuka urged citizens in the province to take care when traveling in the region as the weather continues to take its toll:
“We are urging residents to be cautious, especially around low-lying areas or when crossing bridges. Before making any long journey, residents are urged to first check the weather forecast as heavy rains pose a serious risk on our roads.”
News24 reports that 16 other tornadoes have been reported in South Africa over the past decade. The situation seems to be worsening with five reported for this year alone.
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