Trev Kasten and daughter Tayla from Point Vernon take one last look at the darkening skies before heading for cover at Gatakers Bay yesterday afternoon.
Trev Kasten and daughter Tayla from Point Vernon take one last look at the darkening skies before heading for cover at Gatakers Bay yesterday afternoon. Alistair Brightman

Storms strike

PINE trees were ripped from the ground, crops were flattened and homes were lashed with hail stones when a severe thunderstorm ripped through the Fraser Coast yesterday.

At 1.30pm the storm front edged its way around Tiaro and passed directly over Bauple before heading towards Fraser Island.

More than 1000 Bauple, Glenwood and Gootchie residents lost power at the peak of the storm when flying tree branches – and trees – wrapped around powerlines.

In one case a 25-metre pine tree was ripped from the ground and thrown over Bauple Road, snapping through powerlines and blocking traffic.

Gordon Banks, a forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology, said winds of more than 60kmh had been recorded in the region but he was “certain stronger gusts were produced”.

“I’d say they just haven’t been recorded by machines,” he said.

A severe weather warning was released for the Wide Bay-Burnett at 5pm cautioning residents damaging winds and large hailstones were on their way.

By this time Maryborough had received 12mm and Hervey Bay 15mm.

Storm activity rolled into Hervey Bay just before 6pm, bringing dark clouds and a brief downpour.

Rod Rehbein from Ergon Energy said crews hoped to have power restored to all their customers by 9 o’clock last night.

He said 860 people lost power in the Glenwood region and 250 lost power in the Bauple area. About 100 of them had power back by 5pm.

The Fraser Coast was not expected to experience thunderstorms again today.

Forecasters predict isolated showers towards the coast but otherwise fine weather.



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