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Wild weather causes mini-tornado

Wednesday August 11, 2010 - 11:35 EST
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A tornado that swept through Moama on the Victorian-New South Wales border yesterday. - ABC
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A mini-tornado that swept through Moama on the Victorian-New South Wales border yesterday. - ABC

A mini-tornado has swept through the town of Moama on the Victorian-New South Wales border.

Half a roof was torn off a house and street signs were pushed over as the weak tornado made its way through the town yesterday afternoon.

Roof tiles were also dislodged from a house.

Local resident Bernie says the weather was crazy.

"For five [to] 10 minutes, just before that tornado come through, we had the best hail storm you could ever see, the whole road was just completely white," he said.

Another resident Alison says she was on a bus heading home when she saw the tornado.

"[It] looked like a funnel sort of thing coming up and it was right in the paddock next door," she said.

"You could see twolines coming up either side of it as she went around and it just flew round there in the sky for quite a while."

Wild weather also brought winds and hail to other towns along the Victoria-New South Wales border.

Victoria's south-west has also experienced flash flooding in some parts.

There is a severe weather warning current for flash flooding and damaging winds in the western district.

State Emergency Service (SES) officer Mark Cattell says volunteers are on high alert.

"They're certainly talking about winds averaging around the 50 to 70 kilometres an hour and gusting up to 100, 110 kilometres an hour," he said.

"We've certainly got some flood watches on the Barwon, Moorabool, Leigh and Hovalls Creeks as well as the Otways."

Scott Williams from the Weather Bureau says the wild weather will reach central parts of Victoria this afternoon.

"This morning we have only isolated showers around us and fairly light winds," he said.

"Late this afternoon the winds will shift into the south and we'll get some of that heavier rain and strong winds."


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