Storm leaves a mess in Goomeri

The storm left scenes like this in its wake.
The storm left scenes like this in its wake. Contributed

THE severe thunderstorms that moved through south-east Queensland late Wednesday afternoon bypassed Gympie but left a trail of carnage in Goomeri, Boonara and Tansey.

Acting Mayor Tony Perrett was in Goomeri early yesterday and saw first-hand the damage.

"That storm had a direct hit on Goomeri and Tansey," Cr Perrett said. "We have sent our street sweeper and chipper up there this morning to start the town clean-up."

The Goomeri SES attended 16 call-outs on Wednesday night until 2am.

LIKE SNOW: The hail that fell at Goomeri was small in size but lay thick like snow on the ground.
LIKE SNOW: The hail that fell at Goomeri was small in size but lay thick like snow on the ground.


Hundreds of homes lost power, and were still in a blackout yesterday afternoon though crews were working to restore supply.

Part of the roof off a home at Waterfall Feedlot at Tansey was ripped off and the roofs of two other homes were damaged, at least one shed was completely destroyed and several others damaged, several trees were brought down, as well as power poles and power lines, louvres and skylights were cracked and broken, and many homes left without power.

A sheet of tin penetrated a transformer in Kilkivan, wiping out power to hundreds of homes, trees fell on to power lines in Barn St and other areas, and a power pole was blown over in Watchbox Rd, Tansey.

Goomeri resident Brenda Rooks described the storm as "crazy".

She said it started about 5.15pm and was over in about 30 minutes, though the rain fell for some time, delivering a much-needed 22-23mm.

"The rain was coming in sideways at one stage," Ms Rooks said. "My big trampoline went over the fence. It was insane. My child was hysterical."

Near Tansey, a horse was seriously injured and a shed destroyed at Boonara Performance Horses.

Throughout south-east Queensland, the SES attended to 97 requests for help on Wednesday night.

With more storms heading our way, residents are reminded to take precautions such as bringing all loose outdoor items inside, securing items that can't be moved (swings and trampolines), moving cars undercover and away from trees and, when the storm approaches, seeking shelter preferably indoors and never under trees. Always be aware of fallen trees and power lines.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: The side of the road in Goomeri resembled a Christmas scene.
WHITE CHRISTMAS: The side of the road in Goomeri resembled a Christmas scene.
Gympie Times

Topics:  extreme weather, goomeri, storm, thunderstorms

New Samsung tablet a game changer

WELL-DESIGNED: Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S. You can get your own Samsung tablet free with an annual online subscription to the Daily, but the offer ends on Sunday.

Samsung is making some waves in the highly competitive tablet field

What's on this weekend at your local?

Linc Phelps is on stage for the last time before taking a performing break to release his album.

What's on this weekend in the Gympie region?

Migaloo heads north with own 'bodyguard'

Migaloo is generating a little too much excitement, it seems.

White superstar of the water will be escorted to Great Barrier Reef

Latest deals and offers

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

What's on the big screen this week

Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

MATT Damon returnx in the spy thriller Jason Bourne.

MOVIE REVIEW: Goldstone sure to become Aussie classic

Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in a scene from the movie Goldstone.

DIRECTOR Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen reunite for Mystery Road sequel

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon in top form for Jason Bourne return

ON A MISSION: Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

LONG-awaited return of spy franchise is wall-to-wall action.

The Bachelor: Vinteaea tells why she had to walk out

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

Is Gympie having a building boom?

There is plenty of building activity happening around the Gympie region.

New home approvals for Gympie region double

You can own this Queensland town for just $1


Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley