Westfield Hornsby Evacuated After ‘Mini Tornado;’ Cinema Roof Collapses

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
November 17, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Hornsby Westfield Cinema roof collapsed and the Westfield Hornsby shopping center in Sydney was evacuated amid high winds and a “mini tornado.”

That’s what witnesses described after a frightening storm rolled through on Monday. 

Hornsby state Liberal MP Matt Kean told the Daily Telegraph that it sounded like a freight train. 

“It was like a cyclone. It ripped the roof off the building opposite the library. There’s stuff everywhere,” Kean said.

The Herald Sun reported that the roof of the cinema at the center was ripped off, and there are lots of trees and phone lines down.

There aren’t any injuries reported as of yet.

The “mini tornado” is being described as a “freak storm,” which left cars overturned and 15 injured. 

A search and rescue operation was launched as some people are missing., but everyone has turned up safe, the Fire & Rescue NSW said via Twitter.

 

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.