SYDNEY: A tornado hit the rural south-east of Australia on Thursday, uprooting homes, uprooting trees, breaking power lines and causing minor injuries.
Police and ambulance workers were called to Meadow Flat, a town of 300 people near the regional center of Bathurst, shortly after noon after reports of a tornado destroyed a home, emergency services said. .
One man was taken to the hospital with a cut in his arm. The New South Wales Ambulance Service said that about 20 minutes later, about 30 km (20 mi) away, with a population of about 100, the crew went to Clear Creek, where a man and a woman were treated.
“It’s not like every day you’re called in for a tornado and it packs quite a punch,” said NSW Ambulance Inspector Meh Ferguson.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Agata Imilska said the tornado was part of a weather system crossing Australia’s most populous state and causing thunderstorms.
The NSW State Emergency Service issued a warning to people to keep loose items safe outside their homes.
Essential Energy said the tornado lifted power lines and blew a portion of the iron roof into electrical wiring, causing automatic power outages in 164 homes.
“Staff are working as quickly as possible as safety allows to clear debris and repair the network, although no restoration time is currently available,” a spokesman said in a statement.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times