Durban – Power utility Eskom said its infrastructure was affected by the storm that hit Hanover and other parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.
"The storm was in the area around Mersey substation, which led to the 33kV Mpolweni feeder to trip," the power utility said in a statement. "Teams are on site and awaiting the storm to subside before evaluating the damage caused." Eskom said residents have experienced power interruptions.
Meanwhile, video footage of a tornado believed to have swept through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, has gone viral on social media.
On Tuesday afternoon, residents took to social media to share their videos, which appear to have been taken in the New Hanover area.
Tornado at New Hanover near PMB pic.twitter.com/kjFzJkGSAM
— Farida Bassa (@farida_611) November 12, 2019
I think Event: Tornado has occurred in KZN
Tue Nov 12 11:09:21 2019 CDT pic.twitter.com/nE62Mume4t
— Event Tracker (@Keith_Event) November 12, 2019
— 🇿🇦Nams🕊 (@Namritha_) November 12, 2019
— letthekingbewithyou (@KingKatly) November 12, 2019
— Siphumelele Kwinana🇿🇦 (@Phat_Sii) November 12, 2019
According to Storm Report SA, several videos have been shared of different angles of the tornado.
Earlier in the day, South African Weather Services issued a storm warning.
According to SAWS, severe thunderstorms were predicted for eThekwini, uMshwathi, uMvoti, Nqutu, moving towards iLembe, King Cetshwayo and Ulundi with possible hail and heavy rains that could lead to localised flooding.