AFTERMATH: Aerial footage shows the destruction caused after a strong microburst tore through the Gympie region yesterday (Saturday afternoon). Property owner Tony Mawhinney and his son Tom next to their damaged shed.
AFTERMATH: Aerial footage shows the destruction caused after a strong microburst tore through the Gympie region yesterday (Saturday afternoon). Property owner Tony Mawhinney and his son Tom next to their damaged shed. Philippe Coquerand

VIDEO: 100 chooks scattered in fierce Gympie region storm

OVER 100 show chooks resting in their pen were flown 100m down the paddock after a strong microburst producing strong winds, heavy rain and hail tore through the Gympie region yesterday afternoon.  

The microburst formed around 4.10pm and bought down large thick trees which damaged a shed, 4WD tractor, cattle fence and saddle equipment on Harvey Siding Rd before travelling towards Tin Can Bay.

The damage is estimated to be in the thousands.   

A Harvey Siding Road property in Curra is destroyed after the strong microburst tore through yesterday afternoon.
A Harvey Siding Road property in Curra is destroyed after the strong microburst tore through yesterday afternoon. Philippe Coquerand

Michelle (Shelly) and her husband Tony Mawhinney of Harvey Siding Rd said they've never experienced anything like it.   

Their 18-year-old son Thomas was at home when the severe storm hit, and he described it as "full-on."  

"One minute it was all good, the next minute the wind was howling," Thomas said.   

"You couldn't hear anything. We were yelling at each other but none of us could hear anything as the wind was howling so loud.  

"The hail was coming one way and the heavy wind was coming the other way."  

Aerial footage shows the destruction caused after a strong microburst tore through the Gympie region yesterday (Saturday afternoon), bringing down trees, damaging a shed and fences. This photo was taken at a Harvey Siding Road property.
Aerial footage shows the destruction caused after a strong microburst tore through the Gympie region yesterday (Saturday afternoon), bringing down trees, damaging a shed and fences. This photo was taken at a Harvey Siding Road property. Philippe Coquerand

It was that loud, Thomas couldn't even hear the tree slam into the shed which had 100 show chooks inside a portable pen.  

In a split second, the pen carrying 100 chooks flew into the air smashed causing them to scatter in every direction.   

"I was getting chooks from under feeders and underneath tyres.

A lot of them survived because I was able to get to them before they froze," Thomas said.   

"Three chooks were in a breeder box but because the tree hit the shed, the breeder box fell back and they drowned."   

Mr Mawhinney's cattle truck was inches away from being wiped out by the huge tree which destroyed his fence.   

Aerial footage shows the destruction caused after a strong microburst tore through the Gympie region yesterday (Saturday afternoon), bringing down trees, damaging a shed and fences. This photo was taken at a Harvey Siding Road property.
Aerial footage shows the destruction caused after a strong microburst tore through the Gympie region yesterday (Saturday afternoon), bringing down trees, damaging a shed and fences. This photo was taken at a Harvey Siding Road property. Philippe Coquerand

Mr Mawhinney's cattle truck was inches away from being wiped out by the huge tree which destroyed his fence.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said wind gusts of 92kmh were recorded at Tin Can Bay following the strong microburst.

"We had photos sent through from some Tin Can Bay residents which showed 3-4cm hail which would've been the same for Curra residents," Ms Wong said.

 

Hail after yesterday's strong microburst storm.
Hail after yesterday's strong microburst storm. Philippe Coquerand

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said wind gusts of 92km/h were recorded at Tin Can Bay following the strong microburst.   

"We had photos sent through from some Tin Can Bay residents which showed 3-4cm hail which would've been the same for Curra residents," Ms Wong said.   

Ms Wong said conditions should be reasonably clear for tomorrow's pupil-free school day with some isolated rainfall and partly cloudy skies for the coast.   

A gutter has broken on the roof at a Harvey Siding Road property after yesterday's strong microburst.
A gutter has broken on the roof at a Harvey Siding Road property after yesterday's strong microburst. Philippe Coquerand

 

A second property is damaged after a strong microburst tore through the Curra region.
A second property is damaged after a strong microburst tore through the Curra region. Philippe Coquerand

First aid trainer and swim teacher Leonora Cox who lives on Raspberry Lane, less than two 200m from the Mawhinneys, had her gutter damaged.  

Her daughter Rhiannon was at home and said it was a scary situation for both her and her dog.   

"It was a lot worse than what I thought it would be," Ms Cox said.   

One of her friends who lives on Booth Rd got 70mm from both storms combined.   

"I was always looking at the radar and it was all black so it was quite severe," Rhiannon said.  

This storm photo was taken by Zachari Grassi at Bruka Estate at Lower Wonga yesterday afternoon. Bradley (father) said they are growing their farm to be an eco-tourism place to visit.
This storm photo was taken by Zachari Grassi at Bruka Estate at Lower Wonga yesterday afternoon. Bradley (father) said they are growing their farm to be an eco-tourism place to visit. Zachari Grassi

Gympie region rainfalls:

Gympie 22mm

Fisherman's Pocket 31mm

Tin Can Bay 20-40mm, with some residents getting above 50mm.

Lower Wonga 50mm

Coops Corner 56mm

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