PICS: Bloem 'tornado' approaching looks so baleful

2016-05-13 09:30 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - SA has had a week of intense weather - from snow in the higher parts of the Drakensberg Mountains, to severe thunderstorms in the Free State. 

While the snow has been welcomed by winter-lovers and ski-enthusiasts at AfriSki Mountain Resort, the Free State thunderstorm which rocked the informal settlement of Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein has wreaked havoc. 

Images were shared with Traveller24 by Matthew van Wyngaardt, show how the cloud formations form over Botshabelo. 

Van Wyngaardt told Traveller24, he started noticing the very strange cloud formations moving over the town from around midday on Tuesday, 10 May. "They looked like a kind of spiral shaped vortex. 

"From where I was watching, I wasn't really exposed to any violent weather, but I could see that it looked quite turbulent underneath the clouds. I didn't actually see the spiral touch the ground, but I was fairly certain that the conditions were conducive to support a tornado formation."

Take a look: 

You can see a full gallery of Van Wyngaardt's photographs here: Bloem 'tornado' approaching looks so ominous

Residents of Botshabelo, who were right in the firing line of the 'tornado', told News24 on Tuesday when the storm approached, they heard a loud 'Bang!', after which the roof of their home was ripped clean off. 

Apart from the thunderstorms, snow has also been falling in the high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal since Tuesday. 

More thunderstorms and snow has been forecast for Friday, as well as the upcoming weekend. 

READ: Weather Update: Rain, snow expected heading up to the weekend

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