Pratten girl Christine Osborne, 12, narrowly avoided getting sprayed with broken glass.
Pratten girl Christine Osborne, 12, narrowly avoided getting sprayed with broken glass. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Freak storm surprise

AS we have seen again this week destructive weather can take all forms, whether it be riverine flooding, or in this case a single "super-cell" storm which parks itself over one location.

This week it was unfortunately Pratten's turn to cop it and cop it they did. Our hearts go out to those residents who have suffered property damage - extensive in a number of cases - with the only saving grace being nothing serious in the way of injuries.

Storms like this tend to be associated with summer rather than winter, but in any case their freak nature is always going to take us by surprise.

Some readers yesterday pointed out that the use of the term "mini-tornado" is a bit of a misnomer, in that a tornado is, well, a tornado.

But I'm sure to those in the thick of it at Pratten it felt like something more than just a bad storm.

The dedication of council and SES crews is to be admired and applauded for their response in helping to make damaged residences as safe and as liveable as possible in the aftermath.



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