Residents have a big clean-up ahead after a tornado ripped through central west NSW, injuring three people, destroying homes and sheds and tearing down trees and powerlines.
The violent storm travelled up to 30km on Thursday afternoon and demolished a house at Meadow Flat in the Bathurst region, while at least one other home along with sheds and other structures were also destroyed in the area.
Emergency services attended Meadow Flat before 2pm where a man in his 40s was treated for a laceration to his right arm.
A woman at Clear Creek northeast of Bathurst suffered injuries to her back and neck and was taken to Bathurst hospital in a stable condition.
A man in the area was also assessed but didn’t require further medical attention.
Bureau of Meteorologist senior climatologist Agata Imielska said there was damage over a 25 to 30km line, running roughly northwest.
The Bureau of Meteorology can confirm a tornado has occurred in the Central West of New South Wales early this afternoon.
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— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) September 30, 2021
This included destroyed and damaged houses, cars, many fallen trees and powerlines across roads.
Around 120 homes were without power overnight.
BOM: "There are reports of damage to houses, powerlines and trees around the Clear Creek area, north north-east of Bathurst. From current reports we have indications of damage over a 25 to 30 kilometre line, running roughly north-west." https://t.co/OF81oZFF1j #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/L33QSTzFqj
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 30, 2021
NSW Ambulance Inspector Meah Ferguson, who attended the man with the injured arm at Meadow Flat, said the patient’s house and surrounds were extensively damaged.
“It’s not every day you get called out to a tornado and this one packed quite a punch,” she said in a statement.
“When you look at the kind of damage the tornado caused, it’s lucky the patient escaped with relatively minor injuries.”
The tornado is part of a larger weather system that has been causing severe thunderstorms around parts of the NSW and the ACT for days.
BOM said warnings continue and more storms are currently ongoing in different areas.