100 years since tornado

This weekend marks 100 years since a powerful tornado swept through the South Wales valleys.

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100 years on from tornado devastation

The tornado swept through the Taff Valley killing several people Credit: Glamorgan archives

Today marks a century since a tornado swept across South Wales, damaging buildings and killing several people.

The tornado started in the West of England and then made its way through Trefforest, Pontypridd, Cilfynydd and Abercynon.

People swept up by the tornado were killed by the impact and force of the winds.

The devastation caused by the tornado has been documented through a series of photographs and logbooks held in the Glamorgan Archives.


100 years since South Wales Tornado

The damaged caused extensive damage to properties Credit: Glamorgan Archives

This weekend marks 100 years since a tornado swept through South Wales.

It swept through areas such as Trefforest, Pontypridd, Cilfynydd and Abercynon.

The tornado struck on Monday 27 October 1913.

A member of Ton Pentre Football Club, had been playing at Treharris and was walking back to the station after the match. He was caught by the wind, carried some distance and hurled against a wall later dying of his injuries.

Thomas Llewellyn Harries, a collier, was also found in a field near Abercynon, again having been carried a great distance by the force of the wind.

Many others were injured in their homes as walls and roofs collapsed around them.

The effects of the tornado are recorded in school log books held at the Glamorgan Archives. Many record that school buildings were damaged and in Cilfynydd several schools were closed

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