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#Tornado Path: [Watch] Frightening video of storm system carrying Krugersdorp tornado hitting Durban

A view of the N2 old pass in Durban today. Photo: Submitted.

It’s believed the weather system carrying the tornado that struck Krugersdorp yesterday, 9 October has moved on to Durban and with reports of various roads in and around Durban being flooded due to heavy downpours, paramedics and other local rescue services have been kept busy.

Netcare 911 reported that one person has been declared dead since the storm hit the area.

Flooding in Durban.
Photo: Submitted.

“Yesterday [10 October] the Emergency Services have been kept very busy with a severe storm in the Durban area,” said Nick Dollman, spokesperson for Netcare 911. In one of the numerous call-outs this morning, Netcare 911 and the Fire Department responded to reports that a large shipping container had blown onto the roof of a car outside the Durban harbour. Reports from the scene allege that during the storm, a forty-foot container which was stacked on top of other containers was blown over and landed on the car. The incident and preceding events will form part of a police investigation.

One of these containers fell on a car, killing one.
Photo: Submitted.

Paramedics attended to the two occupants of the car. The first man, who was approximately thirty years old, had sustained relatively minor injuries but was trapped inside the car when the roof collapsed under the weight of the container. He was in a stable condition and was transported by ambulance to hospital for further assessment and care. Tragically the second occupant, believed to be in his forties, had sustained severe injuries and died at the scene. To access the victims, the container first had to be removed from the vehicle and then fire fighters and rescue personnel used the Jaws of Life to free them from the wreck. Several other large, heavy stacked containers in different areas were also blown over by the strong winds.

Many roads are under water and motorists are urged to take extra care and not to used flooded roads as their vehicles may break down in the water, leaving them stranded.

Emergency services trying to free two patients from a car after a container fell on it.
Photo: Submitted.

ER24 also release a press statement saying that severe flooding of roads has occurred in Amanzimtoti, on the N2 between Amanzimtoti and the M7 to the Bluff, a mud slide occurred near Doonside and several other roads have been closed off. Paramedics were alerted to several vehicles that were under water along the N2. Heavy rainfall also contributes to smaller rivers and low-lying areas filling up quickly, leaving dangerous conditions across large parts of the area.

ER24 paramedics have also responded to several calls for assistance. Some of the incidents include containers that fell from a truck onto a vehicle near Rotterdam Road in Bayhead, a family that was trapped inside their home when it flooded in Barlew Mews, an ambulance that overturned along the N2 in Umgababa, leaving two medical crew members injured, and two taxis that collided in Magabeni.

ER24 urges all the members of the public to take note of the following safety tips:

• A flash flood is a rapid flooding of a low-lying area. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane or even a tropical storm. Flash floods are distinguished from regular floods by a timescale of less than six hours. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So, if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan accordingly to protect your family and property.

• Keep an eye out for weather warnings, radio announcements and news articles. Only trust warnings from verified sources and do not distribute warnings circulating on WhatsApp and other social media channels that cannot be verified. These warnings cause unnecessary panic and may cause further harm.

Your home:

•Keep emergency numbers and important information handy. Also keep emergency supplies such as water, canned food, a can opener, battery-operated radio, flashlight and protective clothing ready.

• Keep a first aid kit.

• Turn off all your household electrical devices.

• Lock all doors and windows.

• Leave the area before it’s too late, and get to higher ground.

Should you be outdoors or in your vehicle, do the following:

• Climb to higher ground and stay there.

• Avoid walking through floodwaters – even 15 centimetres deep can sweep you off your feet.

• If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.

• Never drive through a flooded road or over a low-water bridge as the road may be washed away.

• If you get swept away in the flood waters, try to grab onto anything you can to pull yourself to safety.

• Getting swept away while inside your vehicle can be extremely dangerous. If you are stuck inside your vehicle, roll down the windows and open the doors to allow water into your vehicle. Doing this will equalise the pressure on both sides of the door, allowing you to escape your vehicle.

• Remember to call 084 124 in case of an emergency.

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Posted by Bronwyn Mccarthy on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Posted by Bronwyn Mccarthy on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Posted by Bronwyn Mccarthy on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Posted by Bronwyn Mccarthy on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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Bianca Pindral
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