At the end of October this year I wrote a post about Fernvale and Chinchilla, Two Remote Queensland Towns; the final words in that article were ‘storm season has begun‘.
Nobody in Australia is more aware of that now than the residents of Kurnell, a suburb in south Sydney. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a tornado warning…
— smh.com.au (@smh) December 16, 2015
…and they were right, unfortunately.
Roofs were lifted off of houses, trees were toppled and more than 20,000 homes were left without power. Wind gusts of up to 213 km/h were recorded, the strongest ever in New South Wales. A shopping centre in Bondi was evacuated after a roof caved in, even Santa had to leave the building in a hurry.
The SES receive more than 500 emergency calls and flights to and from Sydney were cancelled or diverted.
Here’s ABC News…
It’s a small miracle that nobody was killed during these violent storms, but certainly plenty of damage has been done. A big cleanup is now underway and Kurnell has been declared a natural disaster zone. If you take a look at the huge selection of pictures provided by the Daily Mail, you’ll see why. It’s utter devastation.
I’m sure the community will pull together to help each other as they always do, but for some people it looks like it might be a very difficult Christmas.