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Bloemfontein hit by freak sandstorm

Bloemfontein sand storm.
Bloemfontein sand storm. Image by Jan-Nel van Dyk

Resembling a scene out of Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, the city of Bloemfontein in South Africa was engulfed in a scary dust storm Thursday. South Africa’s medical response service ER24 warned of continued strong winds in the greater Bloemfontein and Kimberley areas, and a flight from Johannesburg was affected. The University of Free State urged the community to stay indoors for the storm’s duration. During the freak event social media was filled with images of the incredible red cloud of sand approaching the city. Read more: news24.com