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.
- A family at Happy Valley was surprised to discover a trampoline in their backyard
- Local resident Lauren Bennett believes strong winds blew it there
- Wild weather brought down trees and powerlines in Adelaide’s south on Tuesday night
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.
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.”
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.”