Mini tornado hits Robina



WHAT has been described as a mini tornado carved a path of destruction through a quiet Robina street last Friday and left nearby streets practically untouched.

Although the rest of the Gold Coast experienced a torrential downpour and some hail, Kensington Street experienced wind gusts, hail and lightning strikes that saw three large gum trees uprooted destroying a resident's car, tiles ripped off roofs and debris covering the street rendering traffic impossible.

Kensington Street resident Jonathan Shorter said the storm hit the area hard about 3.10pm on Friday.

"I was on the road and it was like a blizzard of rain, every car had to stop exactly where they were because it was impossible to see," Mr Shorter said.

"When I turned into Kensington Street there were tree limbs up to 20 feet in length all over the street and gardens.

"From what the neighbours have said it seemed to come straight up the street like it was following a path and one of the neighbours looked outside and saw their trampoline off the ground."

Mr Shorter claimed after the storm, streets for 100 metres on either side of Kensington were untouched but the devastation along the residential street was vast.

"It's not like it was anywhere near as bad as a cyclone but for those 10 minutes, the intensity was unbelievable," he said.



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