The lucky twist at the end of the Lennox Head twister

YESTERDAY we started a two-week series re-visiting some of the major stories we've covered over the past 10 to 20 years called, We Were There.

Today's story features the Lennox Head tornado which ripped through the seaside village in devastating fashion in 2010.

I remember the drive into work that day and hearing sketchy reports starting to filter through on radio and gazing southwards towards Lennox Head which was engulfed in thick dark cloud.

We had reporters and photographers on the ground minutes after the twister made landfall and ripped through the village like a scythe.

Despite having been caught up in the 2010 tornado disaster,Cronulla couple Allana and David Baigent returned for their annual camping trip to Lennox Head in 2011.
Despite having been caught up in the 2010 tornado disaster,Cronulla couple Allana and David Baigent returned for their annual camping trip to Lennox Head in 2011. Cathy Adams

Among the incredible tales of survival that day was David and Allana Baigent.

The Sydney couple were holidaying in a tent at the Lake Ainsworth Caravan Park as David recovered from a cancer scare.

Imagine their horror when they looked out through the front flap of the tent to see a giant twister heading straight for them.

They didn't have time to run or find somewhere else to shelter and must have been thinking their lives were just about to come to end.

At the final moment, the twister did a dog leg and just disappeared.

"It was so scary," Allana said.

"All I could hear was this noise.

"We didn't have time to run so we just held on."

Incredibly no one lost their lives that day but many houses were destroyed or damaged and it took Lennox Head years to recover.

Offers of help came from then PM Kevin Rudd and then Premier Kristina Keneally.

The Footy Show even taped an episode there.



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