Tornado rips through Armidale as supercell storms linger over Qld and Northern NSW

Shaken Armidale residents are in clean-up mode after a tornado ripped through town late on Thursday night, flipping a car, knocking down power poles, and tearing roofs of homes.

People were trapped in their homes as the tornado hit the northern NSW community around 11pm, with extensive damage believed to have occurred throughout the region, causing widespread power outages.

Police and State Emergency Service had responded to more than 120 calls for assistance in the town, with more expected as residents wake up to the damage on Friday.

“I spent 30 years in the tropics and the damage looks the same as cyclone damage,” one Northern Tablelands Twitter user wrote.

“Power still out and unbelievable damage on our side of town, so many people affected,” Dr Manu Saunders said.

Tornado rips through Armidale for thumbnailCamera IconA tornado ripped through Armidale on Thursday night. Credit: NCA NewsWire

Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said the worst of Thursday’s storm system appeared to be over for southern and inland NSW, but the slow-moving supercells still posed a threat to many.

Residents of southern Queensland and Northern NSW were bracing for more horror weather on Friday morning as the tail end of a vicious supercell system whips around.

Warnings were live for giant hail, severe winds, and heavy rain across Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and the Northern Rivers Regions of NSW as wild weather that lashed the region lingers for a second day.

Supercells are lingering over south-east Queensland and Northern NSW after a day of wild weather.Camera IconSupercells are lingering over south-east Queensland and Northern NSW after a day of wild weather. Credit: Supplied

“The atmospheric system over the south east is still very conducive to storms,” she said.

“They might be scattered but they are still dangerous.

“It’s all happened right on cue – the mid spring storm season is here.”

Residents in southern Queensland and northern NSW are being urged to get their cars under cover, secure loose outdoor items, and avoid using the telephone with damaging winds and giant hailstones a real possibility on Friday morning.

Stormy weatherCamera IconStorms rolled in over Sydney's west on Thursday with hail falling at the Caltex service station at Eastern Creek. Toby Zerna Credit: News Corp Australia

Hundreds of calls were made to emergency services on Thursday as wild weather lashed the nation’s east coast, pelting Sydney and regional NSW with hail and lifting the roof off a Mount Druitt Shopping Centre.

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