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Tornado rips through Armidale in the NSW Northern Tablelands leaving behind a path of destruction

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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)

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)

Scraps of metal wrapped around electricity poles from strong violent winds (pictured)

Residents and State Emergency Services (SES) began the clean up on Friday

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

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 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

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

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

Residents filmed the trail of carnage left behind from the freak tornado 

Drone vision captured the roof of one house being completely torn off

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

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

PERTH 

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

 

ADELAIDE

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

 

MELBOURNE 

Friday: Showers. Min 10 Max 16

Saturday: Showers. Min 11 Max 16

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 9 Max 17

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 20

 

HOBART 

Friday: Rain. Min 12 Max 18

Saturday: Showers. Min 11 Max 16

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 17

Monday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 15

 

 CANBERRA

Friday: Showers, possible storm. Min 5 Max 15

Saturday: Showers. Min 5 Max 14

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 4 Max 18 

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 20

 

SYDNEY 

Friday: Shower or two. Min 14 Max 23

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 23

Sunday: Sunny. Min 12 Max 23

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 24

 

BRISBANE 

Friday: Showers, possible storm. Min 20 Max 29

Saturday: Sunny. Min 14 Max 30

Sunday: Sunny. Min 14 Max 30

Monday: Shower or two. Min 15 Max 28

 

DARWIN 

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

 

 

 

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