Tornado Lashes Australia, Leaving Hundreds Without Power

SYDNEY (Reuters) -
The tornado approaching.

A tornado tore through Australia’s rural southeast on Thursday, ripping roofs off houses, uprooting trees, toppling power lines and causing minor injuries, authorities said.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Meadow Flat, a town of 300 people near the regional center of Bathurst, following reports of a tornado destroying a house just after noon, emergency services said.

The NSW State Emergency Service issued a warning for people to secure loose items outside their homes.

The tornado upended power lines and blew part of an iron roof into electrical wires, triggering an automatic power outage for 164 homes, said Essential Energy.

“Crews are working as quickly as safety allows to clear debris and carry out repairs to the network, however, there is no restoration time available at present,” a spokesperson said in a statement.