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Tornado hits Mandaue Area

4 Nov

As heavy rains hit Cebu early evening, a tornado occurred in Mandaue City.  A few minutes before 8 pm, a tornado ripped through the coastal area of Mandaue City damaging several cars and structures.  Some stores in Parkmall had its glass windows broken. Chairs were flying and many people were panicking while taking shelter inside the mall.  The roofs of several houses in the Looc area were flying.  The tornado could be brought by tropical depression Wilma.

According to Nelfa Alicamen who was there manning an exhibit sa Robinsons Homes, strong winds battered Parkmall at around 8 pm just when a brownout happened.  She saw many people rushing to go inside the mall and some were even crying because they got scared of the strong winds.  The tarpaulins and area in the exhibit area were displaced by the winds.  The scale models almost fell. The glass walls of Bo’s Coffee and Joven’s Grill were broken. Ms. Alicamen arrived home past 11 pm due to the difficulty of finding a ride.

Parkmall had been damaged by the Oct. 15 earthquake and most of its second floor stores are not operating anymore because the mall is repairing the whole second floor. Some tenants in the first floor have not yet opened again every since the earthquake.   The tornado will definitely cause more stores to suspend operations for repairs.

The tornado also affected the adjacent St. James Amusement Park.  There were also damage in Mactan Island.

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Near the Joven’s Grill Area after the tornado (from istorya.net)

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Taken from my visit hours before the tornado. 2nd floor is not open

Punta Engano after the tornado (Photo taken from Max Limpag via Facebook)

Punta Engano after the tornado (Photo taken from Max Limpag via Facebook)

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