Two tornadoes reported in almost as many days - is this normal?

While the Summer season can be synomymous with severe hail storms on the highveld, it seems tornadoes are this year's weather talking point with one funnel captured on video in Kwazulu Natal - and one tornado which hit Southern suburbs of Joburg yesterday afternoon.

According to EWN no injuries were reported, but it’s understood three Protea Glen houses were destroyed.

Local blogger Naseem Mayet carried coverage of the storm - he has posted on his blog (Swoosh) video filmed during the storm.

According to Mayet; Nightingale Street in Lenasia was left with tree’s uprooted and telephone polls destroyed, disrupting power and leaving many residents in darkness.

I am living in Lenz for all my life and this storm was one of the worst Ive seen. Raging winds that freakin uprooted massive trees.

Naseem Mayet, Blogger

Eventually video footage of the tornado approaching Soweto, filmed by local residents - was shared on social media...

The last major tornado to hit Gauteng was back in October 2, 2011 when the township of Duduza was hit by a twister killing an 8-year-old and injuring more than 160 people.

The township of Duduza, East of Johannesburg after being hit on 2 October 2011.

Another tornado that same day killed a 9-year-old in Ficksburg in the Free State injuring more than 40 people and flattening more than 1000 shacks and houses.

The tornado which hit the South of Joburg yesterday came just two days after a large tornado was captured on video between Utrecht and Vryheid in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday, 22 November...

According to the South African Weather Service website, the seasonal distribution of South African tornadoes looks like this.

November is our peak month for severe storms. There was a severe storm which caused the tornado, but at this stage we think it’s a low intensity one.

Weather Forecaster Jan Vermeulen

It is also worth mentioning that most tornado events (for which the time of the day were available) occurred in the late afternoon or early evening, typically between 4pm and 7pm.

If you want to educate young members of your family about tornado safety - The Tornado Project in USA developed this online crossword puzzle to play together...


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