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Major damage after large tornado hits Guangzhou megalopolis – Guangdong, China

guangzhou tornado june 16 2022

A large stovepipe tornado touched down in China’s most important port city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province on June 16, 2022, causing major damage as it moved into downtown.

While reports and images are still coming in, locals are reporting major damage and possible injuries.

“This might be the first time a tornado entered a city holding more than 18 million people,” said Eric Wang, Chinese extreme weather enthusiast.

“Lots of power flashes…. we’ve already heard major damage and possible injuries. The affected area has already undergone a blackout.”

“As far as we know, this tornado hit commercial buildings and did major damage to the transmission of the subways.”

The damage survey suggests the tornado had EF-2 peak strength. It was on the ground for about 5 minutes and traveled a distance of 1.5 km (0.9 miles).

Fortunately, there were no casualties.

Featured image credit: Eric Wang

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