Townsville begins clean-up after freak storm
Residents have described terrifying ordeals of being forced to huddle in their hallways and bathrooms as the storm tore open their homes early this morning.
Premier Anna Bligh and LNP leader Campbell Newman have flown into the city, putting election campaigning on hold as they assess the area.
Ms Bligh has declared the region a disaster zone and says the storm was akin to a “mini-tornado”, packing winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour.
About 60 properties have been badly damaged and some buildings have collapsed, with much of the devastation centred on a one-kilometre radius around the suburb of Vincent.
Shane Fayers, his wife and their two children were forced to take shelter in their toilet as the storm destroyed the top floor of their two-storey home.
The whole house was shaking. The whole upstairs was just shaking. The sound was quite horrifying.Vincent resident Erin Matinca
“Front kitchen’s gone, living room, dining room and just the front porch that was all roofed that’s gone. It’s just smashed everything,” he said.
Further down the street Tracy Thomas lost part of her roof and fence.
“It was very scary, but it was all over in a matter of a minute or two minutes. It was just unbelievable,” she said.
Super-bolt rumbles in skies over Oklahoma
March 21, 2012 – OKLAHOMA – It woke up sleepy Tulsans, set-off car alarms and freaked out the family pet. Many people thought it was an earthquake that hit Tulsa at 3:33 this morning. Instead, says National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Amburn, is was a “Super Bolt.”
Amburn says a super bolt is a positively-charged cloud-to-ground stroke of lightning. Computer records indicate a single “super bolt” struck in the heart of South Tulsa just after 3:30. No damage from the super bolt is reported. -KRMG
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