A « mini-tornado » has struck a suburb in western Sydney and 1,000 properties without Electricity left as wild weather hit large parts of the state.
A « mini-tornado » ripped through a suburb in western Sydney, threw trees, tore off roof tiles and hurled a trampoline into the side of a house. </ Emergency services were called to Chester Hill on Saturday morning following reports of widespread storm damage across the region.
Carlene York, NSW’s emergency services commissioner, said the tornado hit three streets as it struck at 9 O’clock in the morning and left 1000 properties without power.
« I hope it won’t happen again, it’s an unusual occurrence, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again It’s very difficult to prepare for such a spontaneous, major weather event, « she told reporters.
CHESTER HILL | A storm hit the west of Sydney. Over 30 houses have been damaged and are currently being examined by 20 firefighters from nearby stations. Electricity and traffic in the area are affected @Ausgrid @nswpolice pic.twitter.com/rEaSlfleVG
Fire and Rescue NSW said more than 30 homes had been damaged, many partially collapsed, and much of the area was offline
Photos of the damage show a trampoline with its legs speared the side of a house.
Maryanne Tafeuni of Chester Hill said a small house was blown up over her back yard and she had power for her House lost.
« The house felt like it was literally moving, and all I can see from the window is leaves and things put together, » she told ABC News.
» I thought it was just heavy rain but when I heard the crack of the window in front I knew it was something else, so I had to gather the kids up and down because it was moving. The house was literally moving. «
Meteorologist David Wilkie said their syst eme would have picked up strong rotating winds, but technically the event may not have been a tornado.
« Whether or not it reached what could be called a tornado threshold is certainly controversial, but … given the damage there were obviously some pretty intense gusts of wind going over the area. «
MINI Tornado I #ChesterHillFire and Rescue The Macarthur and Wollondilly crews are in Chester Hill where a mini tornado has left no trace of destruction, which damaged several properties. pic.twitter.com/ovzy3gpd65
The unusual storm struck as a weather system that set off record floods along the NSW coast towards Sydney.
Senior BOM climatologist Agata Imielska said the greater Sydney area could Expect around 100 mm of rain in the next 24 hours, but the lower Blue Mountains with 200 to 300 mm.
In the case of large river systems in the vicinity of Sydney, minor to moderate floods are expected, but large floods are also possible. warned the office.
On the central north coast, parts of Port Macquarie and several nearby towns have been flooded. Evacuation orders are in place in many places including Port Macquarie and Kempsey.
Further south, Taree is in the grip of a flood rivaling the worst event in 92 years.
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