AMAZED local residents watched on as a low category tornado whipped through Bombala on Saturday afternoon, January 24, sucking debris high into the air and leaving considerable damage in its wake.
The storm formed in the direction of the Bombala Golf Club, and put down an actual funnel as it swept through town late in the afternoon.
Witnesses lucky enough to catch the event watched the twister roar down from the Golf Club towards the railway area, across into the caravan park then onto Wellington Street, eventually dissipating on the corner of Forbes Street.
The high winds were accompanied by very heavy rain and impressive thunder and lightning, with power being lost for a short period due to a strike near Village Ford.
A small crowd was still gathered at the Bombala Showground for the Australia Day celebrations at the time of the tornado, and all were forced from the main shearing tent to the nearby hall in the severe weather.
Although many spotted debris high in the air some distance away, however, few at the showground realised an actual tornado had formed.
It was different for those with a better view, with many hurriedly taking videos and capturing images on their phones.
One local resident even ran straight into the tornado to try and get a superior shot, and we were lucky enough at the Bombala Times to share that incredible image.
The destruction left in the wake of the tornado chiefly consists of damage to roofs and sheds, while everything from trampolines to clotheslines were destroyed or misplaced, and debris spread across the town.