Storm rips roof off woman's home

LINDA Willsher was home alone when a mini-tornado peeled back her roof like a sardine can.

She had been on her lounge at Dairyville watching the lightning and wondering if a storm was going to hit when it did with full force.

It was a frightening ordeal which she hopes to never go through again.

“The power cut in and out about five times and then it went off finally,” Linda said.

“Then it started raining and there was big gust of wind and the most horrific sound – it was a gnarling metal sound.

“There was smashing glass and stuff started falling into the house and then the rain was coming in.”

Linda was lucky to escape harm when the chimney fell down only metres from where she’d been relaxing.

“When the power went out I had to use the torch my grandchildren had just bought me. I would say the storm took between 10 and 15 minutes and it was over.

“I’ve got to admit, I was scared.

“I was on the phone ringing (my son) Peter and saying ‘can you hear me, can you hear me, the roof has gone from the house’.

Linda and her family had to abandon the badly-damaged cedar cottage on Thursday night and they estimate the howling wind and rain caused at least $100,000 worth of damage to the property.

A $4500 solar hot water system installed on the roof on Wednesday is now ruined.

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