Family discovers mystery trampoline in Adelaide backyard after tornado sweeps through


While Adelaide’s recent mini tornado may not have caused much in the way of major damage, some of the more unusual fallout is still coming to light.

On Tuesday evening, a tornado swept through Adelaide’s southern suburbs, impacting several homes at Morphett Vale, bringing down powerlines and tree branches.

One family at nearby Happy Valley was yesterday surprised to discover another apparent consequence of the storm — a trampoline in their backyard.

“My kids opened up the blinds and they’re like, ‘Mum, there’s a trampoline out the back and it’s not ours’,” said local mother Lauren Bennett.

“There’s an enormous trampoline, with an enclosure, up on our paved area.

Ms Bennett said she could only assume it had been picked up and blown there by a “massive gust of wind” during Tuesday night’s wild weather.

“We’re a little bit higher and our back neighbours are lower. But I’ve asked all the back neighbours, I’ve asked the ones even on our street,” she said.

“It would have to have gone over fences and trees to get in there, no-one said it was theirs.

“This one has obviously not been pegged down and come flying through.”

‘Lucky it missed the solar panels’

Local MP Nat Cook shared an image of the equipment on social media, asking whether anyone was “missing this fine flying trampoline?”

“One has landed in a backyard and is looking for its owner,” she wrote.

The storm felled tree branches and damaged houses at Morphett Vale.(ABC News: Joshua Boscaini)

Ms Bennett said she recently got a new trampoline for her children last Christmas, and did “not really” need another one.

She said the trampoline had landed near where she was hoping to put up a pergola, and would be difficult to remove without being dismantled.

Tuesday night’s wild weather was widespread across Adelaide, but Morphett Vale was among the hardest hit areas.

Initial suspicions that a tornado may have been generated were later confirmed by the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Tornados aren’t as uncommon as one would think, in the Adelaide area we probably get one or two a year,” duty forecaster Mark Anolak said yesterday.

“With these vigorous cold fronts, it’s quite likely there would have been more tornados somewhere across the state.”

A damaged ute and felled tree branches on a Morphett Vale street.
Trees and powerlines were brought down on Tuesday night.(ABC News)

Morphett Vale resident Steven Laidlaw’s roof and fence were damaged as tree branches fell into his front garden.

“It was like an aircraft going over, I thought a comet went over or something like that,” he said.

“The guy next door — his roof actually lifted off and dropped back down again and so it was deemed unsafe and they had to leave.”



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Possible Tornado Damages Homes in DeLand, Florida


Possible Tornado Damages Homes in DeLand, Florida

A possible tornado caused flooding and building damage in DeLand, Florida, on August 18. The City of DeLand said that the damage was mostly confined to the north of the city. A funnel cloud was seen that day in DeLand near the SR-44 highway outside the city. The National Weather Service confirmed that it was sending a team to assess the damage from the possible tornado, and warned of downed trees and power lines. It had yet to confirm if a tornado had touched down. Credit: Lauren Gay via Storyful



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Suspected tornado rips through Morphett Vale in Adelaide, damaging homes and powerlines


The Bureau of Meteorology is investigating whether a tornado caused damage to several houses during wild weather south of Adelaide overnight.

The State Emergency Service said at least seven properties were damaged on Diamond Street at Morphett Vale as strong, gusty winds brought down tree limbs and powerlines in the area.

A car was also damaged as heavy rain lashed the area.

One resident, Paul, whose house was severely damaged, said he was sitting down to watch a movie when the strong winds seemingly came from nowhere.

“We were just about to pick a movie … then ‘whoosh, whoosh’, three flashes, the loudest bang, then a massive yellow explosion,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“I said, ‘Get down, we’re under attack.’ Honestly, I was [in] fear for our lives.

“I’ve never seen anything like this … really freaky stuff. Like, where did that come from?”

The storm felled tree branches and damaged houses.(ABC News: Joshua Bosciani)

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) duty forecaster Bonnie Haselgrove said wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour lashed the state yesterday, with Morphett Vale the worst-affected area.

“We’re going to be going back through our radar data today.

“Can’t confirm it yet, but we’d certainly want to have a close look at that one.”

An SES cordon across a driveway in Morphett Vale.
The SES received multiple call-outs at Morphett Vale overnight.(ABC News: Joshua Bosciani)

It took crews more than five hours to clean up the damage and debris.

Heavy rainfall has been widely recorded across South Australia, with falls of more than 30 millimetres in the Adelaide Hills in the 24 hours to 9:00am.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds remains in place for parts of the state.

Showers and winds are forecast to ease across Adelaide today, but more showers and chilly daytime temperatures will return over the next few days.



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Lighting Illuminates Texas Sky During Severe Storm and Tornado Warning



Large hail and possible tornados threatened parts of Texas overnight on April 24 and into the early hours of April 25 as a severe storm passed over the area, the National Weather Service said. It urged residents to seek shelter. Tornados were also reported in several Texas counties. The extreme weather marks the third day of severe storms in the Southern US. As of the evening of April 24, seven deaths have been reported. In this video, lightening can be seen illuminating the night sky against a backdrop of thick clouds. Credit: Trey Fulbright via Storyful



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