Mini-tornado wreaks havoc at Sunshine Coast van park

Published: November 14, 2016
Caloundra storm

A massive storm has swept through part of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast late yesterday afternoon, giving grey nomads and other visitors at a caravan park a stay they will never forget.

People staying at the Dicky Beach Caravan Park in the Caloundra area reportedly huddled in their vans as what was described as a mini-tornado swept through, bringing down trees and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Although the onslaught only lasted about five minutes, the vicious storm left a trail of destruction in its wake.

“The wind was swirling around and it took roofs off vans and brought trees down onto vans,” one visitor told the Chinchilla News. “It’s done some serious damage. We were right in the line of fire. There are at least 20 vans damaged. It was just horrific. It’s like a war zone here.”

The previous day, the Sunshine Coast recorded more than 54,000 lightning strikes as a band of storms swept through, and the Bureau of Meteorology had warned that there was more to come.

It said severe thunderstorms were likely to produce destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.

·         Were you in the eye of the storm? Have you ever had to ‘batten down the hatches’ in your van or motorhome as a severe weather event has struck? Comment below

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5 years ago

Yep Adelaide a couple of days ago. Plenty of hail and wind. We were also in SA at Parham, just south of Port Wakefield when SA was blacked out. A lot of wind then to plus a week prior to that we were in the Cooroong and were hit by a huge storm that had the van rockin and rollin at 2 in the morning.


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