The tornado that tore a path of destruction through an Australian town – ripping entire homes in HALF, flipping cars and leaving a trail of carnage in its wake
- Residents cleanup destruction after tornado tore through Armidale on Thursday
- Fallen trees, scraps of metal and debris lined the streets on Friday morning
- The State Emergency Services (SES) received over 127 calls from the NSW town
- Half of the regional town is left without electricity for at least the next 24-hours
- Torrential rain, hail and thunderstorms also hit west and south west Sydney
A massive cleanup is underway after a tornado tore through an Australian town leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Roofs were ripped from houses and cars were overturned after wild weather ripped through the regional NSW town of Armidale in the Northern Table lands on Thursday.
Residents were left trapped in their homes when the tornado struck about 10pm with the State Emergency Services (SES) receiving over 127 calls for help.
Cladding was ripped from the roofs of houses after a tornado struck Armidale on Thursday night (pictured)
Scraps of metal wrapped around electricity poles from strong violent winds (pictured)
Residents and State Emergency Services (SES) began the clean up on Friday
Debris littered the streets including broken fences, fallen trees and power lines, and iron corrugated roofs that had been completely ripped from houses.
One Armidale resident reported a close call with a gum tree that had been uprooted, smashing into a backyard shed wedged between her caravan and house.
Fallen trees scattered across the campus of the University of New England, with some crashing into the buildings, leaving one structure in complete ruins.
One Armidale resident reported a gum tree narrowly missed crashing into her house
The large tree was rooted between her caravan and house, missing both by inches
The University has since announced it was forced to close its campus on Friday, due to the extensive damage caused to buildings by the extreme weather.
Cladding hung from the roofs of homes and scraps of metal were wrapped around powerlines with residents reporting hearing ‘roaring’ noises from strong violent winds.
More than 30 NSW Rural Fire Service members are assisting SES crews in the cleanup of the aftermath today.
Trees became uprooted when the Tornado tore through the town at 10pm Thursday night
The roof of a garage in Armidale was pictured completely destroyed amid the wild weather
Residents filmed the trail of carnage left behind from the freak tornado
Drone vision captured the roof of one house being completely torn off
Residents filmed the shocking moment a tornado struck the NSW regional town of Armidale
New England North West SES commander Mitchell Parker said the tornado inflicted the most damage in Armidale’s north.
‘We have had reports of cars flipped into houses, roofs completely blown off and numerous trees down,’ he told ABC TV on Friday.
The NSW SES Armidale Unit posted an update on Friday morning saying half the town was still without power while a cleanup is underway to clear fallen trees and debris.
The city of about 25,000, is now dealing with power outages that are likely to last for at least 24-hours in some areas while emergency crews assess the damage.
Fierce storms also lashed the city’s west and southwest as hail larger than five centimetres pelted suburbs between Sydney and Cowra.
The SES received nearly 500 calls for help in Sydney’s west and southwest while the city was pummelled with rain and hail.
The severe weather has now left half the town without electricity
A roof at a Westfield shopping centre in Mt Druitt collapsed amid a downpour of hail stones with shoppers immediately evacuated.
NSW State Emergency Service Superintendent Scott Dodson said while the storms have been severe no one was hurt.
‘We had over 5000 people evacuated but fortunately zero injuries, which is a great result,’ he told Nine Network on Friday.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for most of the NSW coastline on Thursday, including a cancelled tornado notice for western Sydney.
Winds clocked up to 90km/h while torrential rain drenched large parts of the city.
The worst-affected suburbs in Sydney were Penrith and Mount Druitt but wild weather also stretched north towards Newcastle and the Central Coast.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY THIS WEEKEND
Friday: Cloud increasing. Min 13 Max 32
Saturday: Partly Cloudy. Min 16 Max 26
Sunday: Few showers. Min 14 Max 22
Monday: Showers developing. Min 12 Max 24
Friday: Showers. Min 8 Max 18
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 Max 17
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 20
Monday: Sunny. Min 10 Max 24
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Friday: Shower or two. Min 14 Max 23
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Monday: Shower or two. Min 15 Max 28
Friday: Shower or two, possible storm Min 26 Max 34
Saturday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 26 Max 34
Sunday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 26 Max 33
Monday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 26 Max 34