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No relief from wild weather as ‘supercell’ storm alert is issued

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More dangerous thunderstorms are forecast for NSW and south-eastern Queensland on Friday, just 24 hours after a tornado ripped through central west NSW, injuring three and causing extensive damage.

The weather bureau issued another thunderstorm warning on Friday afternoon.

“Another round of severe thunderstorms is likely today across south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern parts of NSW,” meteorologist Dean Narramore said.

He said some might develop into “supercell thunderstorms”.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s full update here

The bureau said damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain were likely in Sydney and on the NSW mid-north coast, Hunter, Illawarra, central, southern and northern tablelands and in parts of the northern rivers, south coast, north-west slopes and plains, central-west and south-west slopes and in the ACT.

In Queensland, there is a similar warning for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the central highlands and coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and south-east coast.

Friday’s warning follow almost a week of storm warnings and heavy rain across much of eastern Australia.

On Thursday afternoon, a tornado swept through the Bathurst region, destroying a house at Meadow Flat, another home and other structures.

A man at Meadow Flat was treated for cuts to his arm, while a woman at Clear Creek, north-east of Bathurst, injured her back and neck. She was taken to Bathurst hospital in a stable condition.

Another local man was assessed but didn’t require further medical attention.

About 120 homes were without power overrnight.

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.”

-with AAP



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