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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

Report: Lowry paintings of South Wales valleys on display

According to the song, the artist Lowry might have painted matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs - but what's less known is that for years he also travelled to paint the South Wales valleys.

Now the first major exhibition of his paintings in London for almost forty years has put his largest works of Wales together for the first time ever. It opens tomorrow but ITV News was given a sneak peek, as Rob Shelley reports.