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Destructive tornadoes hit Johannesburg, South Africa

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At least two tornadoes have been reported in South Africa over the past two days. One of them damaged over 50 houses, three of them severe. At least one person was injured.

The first tornado ripped through Ennerdale in southern Johannesburg between 18:00 and 19:00 SAST on November 14, 2016. The tornado left one person injured and over 50 houses damaged. At least three houses suffered severe damage.

Johannesburg Emergency Services said many houses suffered damaged roofs, eNCA reports. Spokesman Robert Mulaudzi urged residents to report anyone missing or injured to the authorities.

The second tornado was reported near the Grootvlei Power Station in Mpumalanga, south of Johannesburg, at 15:15 SAST today.

"So far, no damages have been reported," police spokesperson John Nene said.

South Africa's capital Johannesburg was hit by disastrous flash floods on November 9, 2016. Latest reports mention at least 8 people have lost their lives.

In July 2016, snowfall and record-breaking rains triggered severe flooding and landslides in the country, prompting the authorities to issue severe weather warnings. A tornado ripped through East Rand, Johannesburg on July 26, injuring at least 24 people.

Featured image: Tornado near Grootvlei, South Africa on November 15, 2016. Credit: Nicholas Jacobus Mooi.

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