WATCH: Tornado hits Vaal Marina, thunderstorms alert continues across central SA

2017-12-12 09:18 - Kavitha Pillay
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Tornado in Vaal area. (Photo: Storm Report SA/ Twitter)

Cape Town - A tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina on Monday evening, 11 December, causing massive damage to property and injuring dozens of people.

On Monday, South African Weather Service issued a watch for severe thunderstorms in places over Gauteng, the eastern parts of the North West and Free State, as well as the highveld and escarpment of Mpumalanga.

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"These thunderstorms are violent weather phenomena that can be very dangerous. Any thunderstorm can produce any combination of lightning, flash flooding, very strong winds, hail and in some cases tornadoes," warns SA Weather Service.

According to News24's report, about 300 people have been displaced and over 30 people have been injured as a result of the extreme weather conditions in the area.

While tornados are a rare weather phenomenon in SA, sightings have increased in the Vaal area over the past few of years.

Storm Report SA and ReenvalSA shared footage of the tornado that hit the Vaal Marina. Check it out:

Meanwhile, other parts of central and northern SA also experienced the tornado-like conditions, as well as heavy rain and hail. See footage of the tornado as well as other severe weather conditions across SA on Monday:

On Tuesday, SA Weather says that severe thunderstorms are expected in north-western KZN, the extreme north-eastern Free State, highveld of Mpumalanga, western bushveld of Limpopo, most of Gauteng, and the extreme eastern parts of North West. 

If caught in the storm, SA Weather advises people to seek shelter immediately but not under a tree, near power lines or on hilltops, and avoid being near metal objects.

While thunderstorms are expected in places over central and north-eastern SA, high fire danger conditions are expected in north-western parts of country. See the full weather report here.

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