Strong wind gushes through Central SA

Dust wreaked havoc on Thursday afternoon in Bloemfontein. PHOTO: MARK STEENBOK

A very strong wind ripped through most of the Free State, parts of North West and the eastern parts of Northern Cape earlier this afternoon.

The Weather Office in Bloemfontein’s Tumi Phatudi says it was at least 60km per hour. She says the cold front over Cape Town and the dry surface caused the strong wind.

Tomorrow the north-eastern parts of the Free State, and the eastern parts of North West are projected to be affected by similar winds.

Video: Mark Steenbok

Phatudi warns of reduced visibility, and has advised drivers and pedestrians to be cautious. People are also asked to be extra cautious when lighting a fire.

“It is that time of the year to get rain, but because the surface is dry it becomes windy. There is also a cold front over Cape Town that is why we get strong winds. Even the base of our cloud is high and its dry between the cloud and the surface, that is why we get strong winds.”

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