A WAVE of storms swept over the Gympie region from the south-west yesterday, bringing down trees and powerlines, blocking the Bruce Hwy and blacking out more than 170 homes.
"It could have been worse," Gympie worker and Sunshine Coast resident Natasha Symons said, as she surveyed the crushed remains of her late model Holden Commodore SS.
The car she had left in the Gympie Town Hall car park was barely visible beneath the snapped-off jacaranda tree trunk, which had fallen 6m onto the vehicle, bringing down a power line and partly dislodging a car park power pole.
"At least I wasn't in it," Ms Symons said, as police arrived at the town hall to supervise the clean-up and Energex workers made the area safe.
Not so fortunate was the woman caught in her car on the Bruce Hwy at Curra earlier in the afternoon.
Police called for ambulance assistance to comfort the distressed woman and treat possible shock symptoms, after a tree fell across the highway and onto her vehicle, blocking traffic in both directions.
Motorists quickly re-opened the northbound lane, but trees were also reported down at Gympie Connection Rd and Southside, with branches and tree litter carpeting roads and yards in many parts of the region.
Energex crews were called to restore power to 56 customers at Mooloo, 55 at Langshaw, 22 at Dagun and 39 at Calico Creek.
Gympie Central shopping centre staff were forced to put out buckets to catch water coming through the roof.
Weatherzone yesterday predicted possible storms today and tomorrow, accompanied on Sunday by extreme heat.