Rare Tornado Kills Three In Indonesia

March 1, 2012; 3:24 PM ET
Share |

At least three people died and another 49 were injured when a twister struck central Indonesia last week, the Straits Times website said on Sunday.

The tornado hit the area of Sidrap on the island of Sulawesi Friday, flattening homes and leaving more than 200 people homeless.

Strong tornadoes are unusual, but not unknown, in wet tropical climates like that of Indonesia. However, powerful thunderstorms, which are the parent storms for twisters, happen in Indonesia at some of the highest rates on earth.


Video credit: suniansyah/YouTube


Video credit: r3ndy19/YouTube

Comments

Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High N/A
Low N/A
Precip N/A

WeatherWhys®

This Day In Weather History

East (1987)
Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across the eastern U.S. Eighteen cities, from Virginia to Ohio and Michigan, reported record high temperatures. Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC reached 97 degrees. Newark, NJ was the nations high temperature at 98 degrees.

Mississippi/ Ohio Valleys (1989)
Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Upper Ohio Valley. A F-4 tornado injured three people and caused a million dollars damage at New Providence IA.

Texas (1990)
Thunderstorms developing along a warm front spawned fourteen tornadoes in northeastern Texas during the last afternoon and night. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail near Marshall, wind gusts to 77 mph at Commerce and up to five inches of rain in many locations.

Rough Weather