VIDEO: Kiama's trail of destruction 

A Kiama home damaged in Sunday morning's storm. Picture: DAVE TEASE

A Kiama home damaged in Sunday morning's storm. Picture: DAVE TEASE

There were no flying cows or cars (as far as we know) but it was certainly the dark side of nature.

Early Sunday morning, a storm system tore through pockets of the South Coast, leaving a path of unprecedented destruction in its wake.

Kiama was one of the worst hit areas, although Albion Park, Jamberoo, Gerroa, Nowra and Terrara also experienced considerable damage. 

The Bureau of Meteorology now believes multiple tornadoes are to blame for the destruction.

The Kiama tornado was likely a category F1 on the six-tiered Fujita Scale of tornado intensity. 

According to the scale, F0 is the least intense, while F5 is the most destructive.

The above video, taken by Mercury photographer Andy Zakeli with the help of the Australian Aerial Patrol, shows the eerie trail of Kiama’s tornado.  

The tornado, which unleashed its punishing rain and gale-force winds around 3am, appears to have emerged from the southern end of Bombo Beach, before tearing through Gipps, Antrim and Minnamurra streets, followed by Swan Place and Colley Drive, then hitting the leisure centre and ripping the roof off the fire station on Terralong Street.

The system crossed the Princes Highway and entered Cedar Ridge Road before rambling through farmland towards Jerrara, where it damaged a number of homes.

It did not take long for the tornado to roar through the coastal town of Kiama, but for most residents, it is a storm they will never forget.


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