NATIONAL NEWS - Residents have been panicking as another tornado hit Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday afternoon.
Although some say what has been spotted is only a funnel cloud, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) said: “Please take note that SAWS did confirm the Bergville tornado by making use of video footage. Should you have more footage or photos please share it with us.
“This tornado occurred earlier today. Please take note that tornadoes have an average lifespan of about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on our page for updates on further warnings that might be issued.”
The SAWS has issued a watch for severe thunderstorms, with a possibility of strong damaging winds, hail and heavy downpours leading to flooding over parts of the Uthukela district municipality, moving eastwards.
The KwaZulu-Natal department of education has since instructed all schools to release pupils who are not writing exams.
“Those who are writing must continue with their planned sessions and released immediately after finishing. Where possible, parents must be informed to collect their children to ensure safe return home,” said the department.