Tornado, waterspout Sydney: Bureau of Meteorology investigates what caused damage in Illawarra

Weather bureau investigates if a TORNADO flattened an Australian town while residents were sleeping

The Bureau of Meteorology is investigating whether a tornado or a waterspout caused widespread damage south of Sydney at the weekend. 

Some 40 homes in Bellambi and Corrimal, in the Illawarra region, were struck by damaging winds on Sunday morning. 

An apartment block’s roof was ripped off and a trampoline was sent flying into power lines. 

The BOM said investigators are looking into what may have caused the severe damage – with a waterspout, or a tornado that forms over water, also a possibility.

‘I’m not ruling it out completely, but it is being investigated,’ forecaster Helen Reid told the ABC.

The bureau said it is too early to confirm the exact cause, but SES officials said there was an ‘obvious’ trail of destruction.  

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