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Nature shows us who’s really boss

INTO THE STORM: Gympie ’s Joel Forman took this photo of the storm front while heading into Brisbane on Thursday.
INTO THE STORM: Gympie ’s Joel Forman took this photo of the storm front while heading into Brisbane on Thursday. Contributed

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".

BRICK-SIZED HAIL: Solicitor Neil Lawler reported hail the size of “bricks” smashing his office windows.
BRICK-SIZED HAIL: Solicitor Neil Lawler reported hail the size of “bricks” smashing his office windows.

"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.

RAINFALL

For the 24 hours to 9am yesterday:

Gympie 3mm

Rainbow Beach 1.4mm

Goomboorian 3mm

Mt Wolvi 4mm

Cedar Pocket 2mm

Kin Kin 8mm

Pomona 3mm

Cooran 1mm

Fishermans Pkt 2mm

Dagun 5mm

Black Mountain 3mm

Kandanga 11mm

Borumba Dam 28mm

Kenilworth 19mm

Moy Pocket 18mm

Tiaro 7.4

Miva .8mm

Kilkivan 32mm

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