At around 15:00 pm this afternoon (27 June 2023) a funnel cloud touched down in north Durban forming a tornado that ripped through Inanda Valley after heavy rains and thunderstorms were experienced in the area on Tuesday.
Videos of the ‘mini cyclone’ tearing across north Durban have gone viral on social media, with residents fearing the loss of their homes and the risk of the potential floods that loom, as warned by the South African Weather Service.
According to reports by Sakhiseni Nxumalo, a KZN journalist from The Times, a number of houses have been blown away, with homes in the area facing extensive damage.
Emergency services including the fire department are reportedly on the scene, assisting residents who have been badly affected by the tornado.
According to an article published by SABC news, at least two people have been injured and several buildings damaged after the tornado hit the area. No casualties have been identified, but infrastructural damage is severe and will affect many livelihoods.
Residents in Inanda and surrounding areas share videos of the tornado to social media:
Durban : Inanda Township
It’s crazy in Durban
Pray for safety of our brothers pic.twitter.com/zakY6g7IF5
— Sandile (@Gog_Nomeva) June 27, 2023
Residents can be heard crying out for help, as their homes are obliterated by the tornado.
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) June 27, 2023
Tornado Inanda / Phoenix area pic.twitter.com/VBXUzxKf1n
— Road Angels Traffic Information (@Road_Angels_SA) June 27, 2023
Haibo Tornado in kzn it seems like all this bad things start natal look at what tornado did to people of Inanda 😳🌪 pic.twitter.com/XldKINKmv8
— Nkululeko Mnisi (@Baba_Coffee) June 27, 2023
According to reports, no tornado warnings were issued before the weather event but the South African Weather Services did warn of heavy storms and flooding on Tuesday morning.
This is an ongoing story.
Feature Image: Berea Mail