Extreme weather triggers tornado in Victoria, whips up 117km/h winds in southern NSW

PICTURE: Anne Crichton via Victorian Storm Chasers

A blurry image of the suspected tornado as it touched down near Cobram, Victoria PICTURE: Anne Crichton via Victorian Storm Chasers

A DESTRUCTIVE tornado has reportedly ripped through parts of Victoria’s north east as a squall line of severe thunderstorms marched across the state on Sunday.

Parts of Victoria and southern NSW have for the last two days been lashed by extreme weather triggered, by a vigorous low pressure trough surging east across the country.


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A tornado reportedly touched down near the border down of Cobram on Sunday afternoon, causing significant damage to at least ten homes in the nearby towns of Nathalia and Strathmerton.

The news quickly spread on social media when Victorian Storm Chasers shared a blurry image of the suspected twister to their 186,000 followers on Facebook.

Meanwhile, a little further north in southern NSW, a destructive 117km/h wind gust was recorded from the same line of storms as they moved through the Riverina town of Hay.

Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries.

The tornadic storm front as it moved through Cobram, Victoria on Sunday afternoon PICTURE: Rhonda Hughes via Higgins Storm Chasing

The tornadic storm front as it moved through Cobram, Victoria on Sunday afternoon PICTURE: Vikki Siliato

The area along the NSW-Victorian border has long been referred to as Australia’s “tornado alley”.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s severe thunderstorm database for Victoria has registered 160 confirmed tornadoes since 1918.

According to the Bureau, tornadoes can occur any time of the year in Australia, although in Victoria they tend to be more frequent in February, November and December.

At the time of writing, severe thunderstorm warnings for heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones remained in place for parts of NSW and Victoria.

Click here to visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website for more details.

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