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Dramatic footage of tornadoes tearing through southern Australia

Destruction wrought by one of the tornadoes at a caravan park Photo: Channel 7

Tornadoes with winds of up to 155mph tore through several communities in southern Australia on Thursday night flinging debris and leaving homes flattened.

The storm struck northeastern Victoria around 8pm local time (9am GMT), destroying two caravan parks and a forest, local emergency officials reported.

It also affected parts of New South Wales, where another caravan park appeared largely destroyed.

Some 20 people were reportedly injured, two of them seriously.

Two young men made a lucky escape after they were forced to turn their car around in the face of an oncoming tornado, as Australian broadcaster 7News reports: