NATURE let Gympie MP David Gibson present his valedictory speech in State Parliament on Thursday.
But in a humbling reminder of forces even greater than the government of the day, cannon balls of hail beat so loudly that debate was adjourned.
"It was huge," Mr Gibson said yesterday.
"I went out and saw hail the size of lawn bowls and there were big dents in the copper roof of Parliament House."
"Crazy" was how Gympie businessman Rex Carney described the storm on Facebook, "People's stuff flying out of high-rise balconies, massive chunks of ice slamming into windows. It's like Armageddon..."
Well-known conservationist Reg Lawler's Brisbane criminal defence lawyer son, Neil, said his office windows had been broken "by brick-size hail".
"It was just furious," said Acting Mayor and LNP Gympie candidate Tony Perrett.
"I was at a meeting in the (Brisbane) CBD until late.
"The sheer size of the hail and damage to vehicles was extraordinary.
"That created all sorts of traffic problems and by the time I got home about 11pm, Michelle told me we'd had some good rain.
"We had about 34mm in Kilkivan and a bit of a shower since.
"I don't know how widespread it was, but it would have been welcomed by anyone who happened to be underneath it."
Goomeri Bean Growers Association's Nev Holden reported only light rain.
After 3mm in 24 hours to 9am yesterday, Gympie had another 11.6mm by 5pm.
For the 24 hours to 9am yesterday:
Rainbow Beach 1.4mm
Mt Wolvi 4mm
Cedar Pocket 2mm
Kin Kin 8mm
Fishermans Pkt 2mm
Black Mountain 3mm
Borumba Dam 28mm
Moy Pocket 18mm