Tornado, cyclone and storms threaten NSW and QLD

Jessica Grewal, APN Newsdesk, jessica.grewal@apn.com.au A CYCLONE was threatening the north, a tornado had torn through regional NSW and south east Queensland was preparing for another battering as wild weather continued to cause havoc across the country on Sunday night.

Tropical Cyclone Alessia was tracking about 115kms north of the Kimberley Coast and was expected to make landfall between Port Keats and Point Stuart early Monday morning.

Wind gusts of up to 95kms per hour and heavy rain was expected across the top end including Darwin and the Tiwi Islands.

People in communities between Kalumburu and the WA/NT border were being warned to have emergency kits ready, take shelter and prepare for flooding.

The category one storm was expected to signal the start of the wet season in the Northern Territory and Cape York where communities are cut off by flood waters for much of summer.

In south-east Queensland, hailstones, ranging between pebble and tennis ball size pelted parts of the Brisbane region over the weekend.

Trees were downed, power lines damaged and streets were cut by flash flooding across the CBD, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Caboolture.

A severe storm warning for damaging winds and hail stones remained in place for much of the state's south as well as the Wide Bay Burnett, Capricornia and Granite Belt districts.

Storm warnings were also current on the NSW Mid North Coast where thousands of cars and homes were damaged by hail last week.

In the NSW north west, the communities of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell and Glen Innes were still cleaning up after mini tornados ripped through the region late Saturday.

A rural farm house was destroyed by a tornado which formed on a property at Tenderden, near Guyra.

The elderly female owner, who was home when the storm hit, was unharmed.

Weather updates can be found at http://www.bom.gov.au



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