Photographer's Note

While watching my son play rugby yesterday afternoon a sudden storm passed through the Kiama region (about 100km south of Sydney). The tornado spawned at sea and came towards the coast. It touched down just in front of the Kiama headland. You can see it in the bottom left corner of the shot. The tornado lasted for about 15 minutes and did not cause any damage when came ashore. There were actually three tornados in this storm, but this funnel was the best. Also lots of lightning and hail. Quite dramatic and exciting, it happen just as the rugby match was finishing.
According to the Australian severe weather website, there are about 20 tornados per year in Australia. I will post another one soon of the same event over land.

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Additional Photos by Chris Chafer (sandpiper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 767 W: 87 N: 1198] (6788)
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