March 06, 2007
Tornado may have amplified freak storm - The severe storm that raged through Pietermaritzburg on Sunday night dumped a deluge of 107mm of rain on the city, and was accompanied by what seems to have been a mini-tornado in the Northdale area. "It certainly looks like it was a tornado because of the major damage done to roofs, roads and buildings." Pietermaritzburg saw a NEW RECORD FOR HIGHEST DAILY RAINFALL IN MARCH, the previous high being 81mm. Other KZN towns that had broken their March records were Matatiele (55mm), Ixopo (50mm) and Greytown (77.2mm). The greater Durban area escaped damage from the weekend's heavy rains and high tides, but people living along the coast are bracing themselves for even worse sea conditions when the sun, moon and Earth alignon March 20.