Shandong Province
A tornado hits the Chinese province of Shandong.

A powerful ripped through 's eastern province of Shandong on Friday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Local officials confirmed one fatality and 79 injuries as a result of the freak weather event.

A tornado hits the Chinese province of Shandong, Beijing, China, Jul 5, 2024.A hits the Chinese province of Shandong, Beijing, , Jul 5, 2024.

The twister touched down in Dongming County around 2:30 PM local time, wreaking havoc across three cities. Horrifying videos circulating online show uprooted trees, overturned vehicles, and damaged buildings, highlighting the 's destructive force.

Emergency responders rushed to the scene, where they continue to clear debris and search for potential survivors. All injured individuals were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment, with the extent of their injuries varying.

Meteorological authorities are still investigating the exact cause of the tornado. However, this marks the second such event in this year. Back in , a tornado struck Hebei province, tragically killing 11 people and injuring over 400.

Tornadoes are a relatively uncommon occurrence in China. However, experts warn that may be contributing to an increased frequency of these destructive weather events.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the power of nature and the importance of preparedness for such emergencies.

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