‘Mini tornado’ hits Ulverstone businesses

A number of Ulverstone residents are mopping up after several businesses and a home were battered by strong winds and rain, which was described as being like a “mini tornado” overnight.

Just after 7pm yesterday, a number of businesses and a resident in Queen and Flora streets at West Ulverstone sustained damage from the high winds.

Large amounts of debris and other building materials were strew along the streets.

Emergency personnel at a damaged building in Ulverstone last night. Picture: The Advocate

Senior Constable Nick Patten said a residence on Queen Street and a business at the corner of Queen and Alice Streets had lost their roofs, exposing the insides of the buildings to the elements.

He said other nearby businesses had also suffered damage to external fittings such as guttering, fascias and antennae.

Police from Ulverstone and Penguin along with the State Emergency Service and technicians from Aurora attended the scene and ensured that members of the public were safe and no-one had been injured as a result of the incident.

Police later discovered that the Lions Club building at the Ulverstone Showgrounds had also lost its roof. It was later found in Flora Street.

A large tree had also landed on the rail line and Tasrail services were suspended while it was removed.

Police said that thankfully, no injuries were reported.

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