I’ve always been fascinated by storm chasers: the crazy-brave enthusiasts who travel each year to America’s Tornado Alley, hoping to get as close as possible to the violent columns of swirling wind and debris.
Right now, as I stand on the muddy driveway of a rural property in Queensland’s Whitsunday region, I’m feeling a bit like one of those storm chasers. Sheets of metal roofing lie strewn on the grass outside, literally peeled away by cyclonic winds that pummelled this property.
“Once the roof came off, it got pretty scary,” owner Nathan Sainsbury tells me.
“We gradually moved from the hallway, to a bedroom, ended up in the bathroom.”
Resident Nathan Sainsbury in front of his damaged home.
ABC News: Jano Gibson