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Deadly 'supercell' storm scatters ships

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Image copyrightBLUE SECURITY VIA REUTERSImage captionA container ship blocked the
harbour mouth after drifting away
Moored ships were blown away as a
"supercell thunderstorm" swept
through South Africa's KwaZulu-
Natal region, killing at least 11
people.

The dead include a child swept away by
rising waters and two patients killed

when a wall collapsed at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital.2in) of rain. Image copyrightRESCUE CARE VIA REUTERSImage captionMotorists were stranded for hours as gale force winds and heavy rains hit the coastal region KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of the country were hit by a "supercell thunderstorm". Durban had its wettest October day on record with 108mm (4. Such storms are characterised by a persistently rotating updraft like a tornado. near Durban. the South African Weather Service said. . the region's main city.

The storm forced the closure of the Port of Durban." Weather Service spokesman Hannelee Doubell was quoted by South Africa's TimesLive news site as saying. Three vessels were grounded while others broke mooring lines and drifted in the channel. which remains shut. one of the busiest in Africa.Image copyrightRESCUE CARE VIA REUTERS "Satellite pictures show lightning over the sea and it seems to be moving off the coastline. . the port authority said in a statement.

a residential area south of Durban." he told the privately owned IOL news site.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe storm caused widespread destruction Emergency rescue worker Paul Herbst said a little girl had been washed away by floodwaters in Umlazi. "The teacher from the creche managed to grab three of the children. Unfortunately a fourth child got swept down to the river in the floods. "A creche lying close to a nearby river flooded." .

Related Topics .Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionDurban's King Edward VIII Hospital was also flooded All photographs are copyrighted.