Rubble covers the ground after this roof was taken off completely in Edwardsville
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Abercynon tornado centenary marked as storm looms

The centenary of the most destructive whirlwind to hit Britain is being marked as the country braces itself for severe storms.

On 28 October 1913, a 160mph (257 km/h) tornado ripped through the Taff valley in south Wales, wrecking the village of Edwardsville and damaging parts of Treforest, Cilfynydd and Abercynon.

It came just weeks after the Senghennydd colliery explosion near Caerphilly which left 440 men dead in the UK's worst ever mining disaster.

At least three people died, although some reports say up to six were killed.

Susan Edwards from the Glamorgan Archive told Vaughan Roderick of the Sunday Supplement on BBC Radio Wales about the calamitous event.

  • 27 Oct 2013