Hoax alert: SAWS rubbishes rumours of Ekurhuleni tornado tonight

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) is not happy with social media users spreading hoaxes of severe weather in Gauteng tonight.

In a fierce tweet published on Tuesday evening, SAWS guarded users against misinformation stating that residents of Ekurhuleni should prepare for a “tornado and heavy rain tonight”.

“Creating such hoaxes is illegal! Always check your facts with our website [social media] pages. Don’t share false messages — it causes unnecessary stress on DM and leads to panic,” it urged.

SAWS response seemingly addresses a number of tweets published on Tuesday, which falsely suggest that a tornado is “expected in Boksburg and Kempton Park”.

“80mm to 100mm of rainfall is expected with winds exceeding 80 km/hr between Alberton and Vereeniging tonight,” the tweet adds.

A number of users have taken to the social network to ask authorities if the information is indeed true. However, SAWS has rubbished these reports.

SAWS’s official forecast for Wednesday indicates a gentle breeze and sunny, clear conditions across eastern Gauteng.

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Andy Walker, former editor


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