A “mini-tornado” ripped through a suburb in western Sydney, threw trees, tore off roof tiles and threw a trampoline into the side of a house

Ambulance services were called to Chester Hil on Saturday morning following reports of widespread storm damage across the region

Carlene York, NSW’s emergency medical services commissioner, said the tornado hit three streets when it hit at 9 a.m., leaving 1,000 homes without power

“I hope it won’t happen again, it’s an unusual event, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again”It is very difficult to prepare for such a spontaneous, major weather event,” she told reporters

Fire and Rescue NSW said more than 30 homes were damaged, many partially collapsed, and much of the area was disconnected from electricity

Photos of the damage show a trampoline with legs speared the side of a house

Maryanne Tafeuni of Chester Hill said a small house was blown up over her back yard and she lost power to her home

“The house literally felt like it was literally moving, and all I can see from the window are leaves and things put together,” she told ABC News

“I thought it was just heavy rain, but when I heard the window popping up front I knew it was something else so I had to gather the kids up and down because it was moving, the house was literally moving ”

Meteorologist David Wilkie said their systems picked up high rotating winds, but technically the event may not have been a tornado

“Whether or not it reached the kind of threshold you might call a tornado is certainly controversial given the damage it was obviously some pretty intense gusts of wind that swept over the area”

The Freak Storm struck a weather system that set off record floods along the New South Wales coast towards Sydney

Senior BOM climatologist Agata Imielska said the Sydney metropolitan area could expect around 100mm of rain in the next 24 hours, but the lower Blue Mountains could expect 200-300mm

Major river systems around Sydney are expected to experience minor to moderate flooding, but major flooding is also possible, the office warned

On the central north coast, parts of Port Macquarie and several nearby towns are flooded. Evacuation orders are in place in many locations, including Port Macquarie and Kempsey

Further south, Taree is in the grip of a flood that rivals the worst event in 92 years

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