Eye of the storm

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On the morn­ing of 14 Fe­bru­ary, the sky over Au­gra­bies Falls Na­tional Park was blue and clear. We went for a walk and drove the 90 km game-view­ing route. By 10 am it was al­ready 30° C, which is not un­usual in this re­gion. Around lunchtime a few clouds ap­peared in the sky, and by 2 pm it was ob­vi­ous that a storm was brew­ing. We headed back to the rest camp, past Echo Cor­ner and Oran­jekom, as clouds gath­ered over­head. Half an hour later we were faced with this “moun­tain” of swirling clouds. It’s not a kop­pie in the pic­ture: It’s the storm! The wind sucked up dust and de­bris and spat it out. We made it back to camp just in time. The storm was fierce but brief – it passed af­ter half an hour, leav­ing bro­ken branches, up­rooted trees and twisted roof pan­els in its wake. DERICK TEN KROODEN, Pre­to­ria

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