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Blowing in the Wind

Mini-tornado Causes Damage to Housing Estate in East Bali

(1/12/2014) A localized whirlwind, known as puting beliung in Bali, touched down in a housing estate in Karangasem on Friday, January 10, 2104, causing severe damage to at least three homes and lesser damage to tens of others.

As reported by Denpost, Wahyu Subagan Permai Housing Estate in Subagan, Karangasem was hit by the mini-tornado at mid-day on Friday, January 10th,

One local woman, Linda (40) suffered a hand injury when she was struck by flying roofing while trying to protect her motorcycle.

Damage from the whirlwind, estimated to have a diameter of 50 meters, was limited to the housing estate. The storm struck without warning, with light rain falling at the time of the incident.

In all, 26 homes suffered some degree of damage in the storm that lasted no more than 5 minutes.