Clean-up acts underway after FS 'tornado'
Clean-up operations are underway in parts of the Free State after strong winds wreaked havoc.
JOHANNESBURG - Clean-up operations are underway in parts of the Free State after strong winds wreaked havoc in the province at the weekend, killed two people and left over two dozen others injured.
A woman was killed when strong winds destroyed four shacks on a farm outside Bethlehem on Saturday.
In Deneysville, a 19-year-old man was killed and five others sustained injuries when what has been described as a tornado destroyed a house along the Vaal Dam.
Spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute Craig Lambinon said rescue officials initially thought several other people were stuck underneath the rubble of the collapsed house, but said those people have all been accounted for.
He said injured patients were transported to nearby hospitals. Some patients had trouble breathing while others suffered lacerations and bruising, Lambinon added.
Forecaster Carl Loots from the South African Weather Service was reluctant to say the strong winds were a result of a tornado.
"We can't 100 percent say there was a tornado in the Free State." He said the environment in which the storms occurred was conducive to severe thunder storms.