WHEN IS A HOUSE IN A STATE OF DESTRUCTION BY A TORNADO
WITH an explosive force that tore an entire wall off her home, Ann Roberts was thrown against her bedroom wall by the tornado that struck in the early hours of Sunday.
“We’ve been here for 18 years…I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.
“It was frightening.”
Mrs Roberts was in bed with her husband, Barry, when the worst of ex-cyclone Oswald hit Burrum Heads.
She said she had just got out of bed when the windows smashed, sending glass everywhere – including one large shard that embedded itself deeply into the wall just above their bed.
“I go thrown back so hard… it was like an explosion,” Mrs Roberts said.
Along with the extensive damage to their home, Barry said their boat and campervan were also damaged in the storm.
Their story was echoed by many other residents of Burrum Heads on Monday.
Next door, Kevin and Gay Parr also had glass shatter throughout their home.
They said the tornado happened so quickly there was nothing they could do to prepare for it, before it moved on in a narrow path of destruction towards the Hillcrest Caravan Park.
Some 1500 properties lost power and dozens suffered serious damage such as roofs or walls being torn off by the strong winds.
A number of vehicles and boats were also damaged, with witnesses telling the Chronicle at least three boats were sunk during the storm, including a large local fishing trawler.
Huge trees were snapped in half like twigs and sheets of metal flew through the air until they found something to lodge into.
It was a night Ann will never forget and nor will the rest of Burrum Heads.
Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha