"The six o’clock evening weather report on Thursday forecasted
thunderstorms across the northern half of the country. But when shortly
after midnight the wind intensity matched those of a weak hurricane, it
took many people by surprise, knocking out power supply in some areas. In
fact it was so strong that a few homes suffered structural damage. The
weather system, according to Forecaster, Frank Tench, was caused by two
surface troughs. He told Love News that while the radar picked up the
thunderstorm, forecasters were taken by surprise with the intensity of the
Frank Tench - Forecaster
“In terms of the intensity of the storm, we were caught off guard by what
happened. To forecast how much intensification a storm is going to go is
always the hardest part of any forecaster’s job; not only for us but
forecasters around the world. We could say we had tropical storm force
This was what the thunderstorm did to Teddy Robinson’s house when this
Smart tower fell on his rooftop at eighty three Raccoon Street.
Teddy Robinson, tower crashed onto his rooftop
“I said it was only a breeze when suddenly it was no breeze that we could
think about. It started to bring up things. So I carried my friend over
to the house and then I heard bam on my house. I said Oh Lord, why.”
Equally as frightened by the thunderstorm was Agnes Grant of John Smith
Street, Belama Phase Two Extension, who lost her entire roofing and when we
visited with her today, she shared her frightening experience.
Agnes Grant, lost rooftop in thunderstorm
“I heard the zinc making a lot of noise, the cement started to fall off,
the zinc flew off. I don’t know how my dog didn’t die. I had two guys
sleeping in the room and it started to rain and so when I rushed out of the
room the whole house was under flood. I went to woke them up and they said
they could not come out because it was raining, the zincs were flying.
Right now I am still asking for help."
While there were more homeowners who suffered mainly damage to their
roofing, Tench said there has been no report of any incident at sea.
“If this storm had caught any mariner at sea off guard, the results could
have been potentially catastrophic because nowhere in the forecast were
reports issued for small craft caution or warning and the way the winds we
were forecasting was much less than what occurred. So far we have not had
any reports of mariners having accidents at sea.”
Tench advises that there is also the possibility of more thunderstorms to
develop as early as tonight but in the southern part of the country.
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