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4/19/2007

Freak tornado wreaks havoc in Tainan County

Breaking Earth News
China
Photo: A resident of Tainan City yesterday walks through the destruction in the wake of a tornado that touched down in the area yesterday. PHOTO: TSAI WEN-CHU, TAIPEI TIMES

DEVASTATION: Unusually strong wind and rain left a 10km path of destruction through several townships
A tornado hit Tainan County early yesterday morning, with the force of the wind estimated at up to 120kph, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) confirmed yesterday.
Unusually strong winds and precipitation accompanying the twister were reported in Sinshih, Shanhua and Sinying townships in Tainan County at around 2am yesterday.
The tornado lasted about half an hour and gradually subsided when it reached the Central Mountain Range.
Its effects were devastating. Television footage showed that the tornado had torn away the rooftops of some houses, while others had collapsed in the disaster.
Daniel Wu , director of the bureau's weather forecast center, said yesterday that the route of the tornado, which moved from southwest to northeast, was about 10km in length and stretched from Tainan County's coastal area to the interior of the country.
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