Jess (hazy_crazy) wrote in aussietornadoes,
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Tornado at Dunoon, near Lismore, NSW - 26th October, 2007

FINALLY SOME ACTION!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that tornadic activity has been observed in Australia, more precisely at a small community called Dunoon (near Lismore) in New South Wales.

The tornado (possibly an EF-1) was filmed by various residents in the area and storm-chased by Jimmy Deguara of australiasevereweather.com.


From the Bureau of Meterology Australia:



Photo by Annamaria Hull


Photo by Jimmy Deguara

Where: Dunoon, NSW (map)

When: 26th October, 2007 in the afternoon (4pm)

Duration: approx. 15-25 mins

Path of the tornado:


By Jimmy Deguara and Michael Bath (ASW.com)

Damage:
- blew out the walls of St. Matthew's Anglican Church
- destroyed two classrooms at a primary school
- tore the roofs off about 20 residences
- uprooted a tree and dragged it about 30m
- a piece of flying debris hit a power sub-station that exploded (see below for footage of this)
- 3000 homes were without power

Fujita Scale Rating: According to Jimmy Deguara, possibly an EF-1

Cost: "...millions of dollars in damage"

Videos:


Footage © Jimmy Deguara


Recorded by a family on the north coast (also view second part here)


Sources:
Australia Severe Weather Forum (pages 3, 4 and 5 of interest)
Sydney Morning Herald
Lismore Northern Star
YouTube


And still, the media continues to call it a "mini-tornado". I wanted to throttle the woman on The Today Show who said so. A weak tornado, yes, mini-tornado, ABSOLUTELY NOT.

:D
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