Australia: Mini tornado rips through homes and businesses in Kingston – 040813 1635z

The community and council in the tiny town of Kingston have begun counting the cost of a tornado which unexpectedly ripped through homes and businesses and tossed bricks, tiles and fences through the air on Saturday.

Roofs were lost on at least 25 properties, including two businesses and a two-story house which SES volunteers spent four hours trying to secure with tarpaulin that night.

Homes, businesses and infrastructure in the path of the ‘Kingston tornado’ as it is being called by locals, were severely damaged and left in shambles. The State Emergency Service sent support crews to Kingston, 300 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, from as far away as southern Adelaide and Murray Bridge More than a dozen roofs were lost, powerlines down and electricity poles bent. It is impossible to know exactly how fast the wind was spinning because Kingston does not have a local weather station.

Sunday, 04 August, 2013 at 04:31 (04:31 AM) UTC RSOE

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Small tornado rips up roofs, uproots trees in South Australia town of Kingston

Sunday August 4, 2013 – 12:04 EST

“The clean-up will continue today after a storm, described as a “small-scale tornado”, ripped up roofs in Kingston, in south-east South Australia.

The cold front hit the coastal town, about 300km south-east of Adelaide, just before 1:00pm (ACST) yesterday, uprooting trees, bringing down power lines and damaging about 25 homes.

Power was restored to about 1,000 homes in the area overnight.

The Bureau of Meteorology described the storm as consistent with a small-scale tornado.

Local Alex Walter said the storm swept through the area quickly.

“It’s definitely the worst thing that’s gone through the town in my time of 40 or so years here,” he said.

State Emergency Service (SES) duty officer Craig Brassington said about 20 volunteers were sent from Adelaide to help.

“We’ll continue to mop up today, plus going around we’ll make sure that the tarps that we put on yesterday… are all basically tied up and secure,” ” he said.

– ABC

Mini tornado clean up at Kingston

Mini tornado in Kingston
(Photo: John Waters/bordermail.com.au)

(Photo: South Australia Police)

Shed obliterated, 32 kilometres outside of Kingston. (Photo: David Rasheed/bordermail.com.au)

“The community and council in the tiny town of Kingston have begun counting the cost of a tornado which unexpectedly ripped through homes and businesses and tossed bricks, tiles and fences through the airon Saturday.

Roofs were lost on at least 25 properties, including two businesses and a two-story house which SES volunteers spent four hours trying to secure with tarpaulin that night.

“Today we’ll spend revisiting each property to sure the tarps are properly secured, that everything is safe,” said the SES’sCraig Brassington.

“It was amazing. Only about four streets were affected, between the lighthouse and the water tower.”

Not so, according to David Rasheed, who has property 32 kilometres north-east of Kingston.

“A 10 metre by fortymetreshed was completely blown to pieces –iron was strewn all across the place, wrapped around trees and up the hill. Trees were uprooted and torn in half and limbs were everywhere,” he said.

A community meeting will be held at the school at 1pm. Police, council, relief agencies and SES will attend.

Kingston deputy mayor Chris England visited the affected area.

“People a few streets away didn’t even know it had happened. It was very narrow where it hit. We’ve had a good response from emergency services,” he said.

Councillor England said hard rubbish debris could be left behind the council depot.

Kelly Mules’ didn’t know something big was about to happen at lunch time on Saturday but herdog certainly did.

It was around 12.30pm whenthe pooch started whining at the back door and, on hearing the rain,Ms Mules went to investigate.

“So I was standing at my back door and I was like, what the hell,” Ms Mules recalled to Fairfax Regional Media.

“There were roof tiles up in the air, big sheets of iron, debris, all flying through the air. It looked like I watching tv.

“I’ve never seen anything so eerie and scary in all my life … I was just worried about that debris, there was so much and it was going so fast, it would’ve killed someone had it hit them.”

Homes, businesses andinfrastructure in the path of the ‘Kingston tornado’ as it is being called by locals, were severely damaged and left in shambles.

The State Emergency Service sent support crews to Kingston, 300 kilometres south-east of Adelaide,from as far away assouthern Adelaide and Murray Bridge

More than a dozen roofs were lost, powerlines downand electricity poles bent.

It is impossible to know exactly how fast the wind was spinning because Kingston does not have a local weather station.

However, Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said it was likely gusting up to nearly 90kmh.

“To cause structural damage as has happened, sustained wind speed of between 76 to 87 kilometres per hour would be necessary,” she said.” – bordermail

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