Parts of the Australian east cost city of Brisbane were so badly damaged by a tornado on 4th November that they have been declared a disaster area by the Queensland Government.
Parts of the Australian east cost city of Brisbane were so badly damaged by a tornado on 4th November that they have been declared a disaster area by the Queensland Government. In the suburb of Yeronga, the damage was particularly severe. A shopping centre was almost levelled, cars were crushed and power lines were strewn across the streets.
When the residents gathered the next morning to inspect the damage, they were amazed there had been no loss of life. Only a handful of people were in the Yeronga cinema when the storm hit it. The previous evening four hundred people had been packed in there.
The closure of roads caused chaos in other parts of the city the following morning, and hundreds of sightseers added to the traffic problems.
The tornado built up quickly only thirty miles (50 kms) from the city. Weather forecasters, with little time to plot its course, were unable to give much warning and the city was taken almost completely by surprise. Eye witnesses said they could see the tornado funnel crossing the sky and splitting in two as it came to a hill suburb.
SYNOPSIS: The Australian east coast city of Brisbane is returning to normal after a savage tornado on Sunday which ???t a path of destruction through the western and south west??? ???uburbs.
The State Government has declared parts like this a disaster area. The declaration means more federal funds can be made available for re-building.
Fortunately only a handful of people were in this cinema when the storm hit, and none was seriously hurt.
Traffic in the city was thrown into chaos the following morning. Many streets were completely blocked with wreckage and hundreds of sightseers effectively jammed many others.
The tornado built up quickly only a few miles from Brisbane and weathermen had little time to plot its course. But although the city was taken almost completely by surprise, there was no loss of life.