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

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