Apocalyptical sandstorm engulfs Hoopstad in South Africa (pictures and videos)

The following dramatic photos and videos were shot on January 13, 2016, from Hoopstad as a massive and violent sandstorm swept across the Freestate in South Africa.

Sandstorms in the area are so legendary that it has its own Hoopstad Stofstorm Band! 🙂

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A gigantic wall of sand. Twitter

Hoopstad (Tswelopele) lies between Bloemfontein and the North West Province.

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Like a sand tsunami wave. Twitter

And after the sandstorm there was the much-welcomed rain.

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Compare the size of the small houses just before being swallowed by the sand cascade. Twitter
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Today I am hungry and will eat Hoopstad.

El nino at its best?

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The apocalyptical sandstorm turned day into night. Twitter
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Insane winds accompanied the massive dust storm. Twitter

The first video shows the power of this dust storm:

Although sandstorms are renowned in the area, South Africa has been experiencing radical and dramatic weather recently with a heatwave in several parts of the country.

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Prayers were the only thing you could do. Twitter
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Luckily there is lots of space and few people in this area. Twitter

Now you have to turn your monitor upside down:

A devastating drought fries most of the country. It was for example 42 degrees in this area – Bloemfontein – last week.

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No Golf! Stay home man. Twitter
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You should better run undercover. Sand is arriving en masse. Twitter

OH my god, these sandstorms are so frightening!

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