Wild Storms wreak havoc across region

A camper trailer is blown over on Inskip Point.ABOVE: A four wheel drive and tent campsite is destroyed in the fierce storm at Inskip.

 

THE Gympie region’s wild weekend weather will more than likely repeat itself this week as hot days and thunderstorms are tipped to return on Thursday.

Another storm dumped heavy rain and some hail at Goomeri, Kilkivan, Widgee, Gympie, Goomboorian and the coast yesterday afternoon, adding to already good falls of about 24mm in many parts of the region from the weekend.

Some communities, like The Gap near Cedar Pocket Dam, received more than 80mm, while reports of 110mm rain came out of Lagoon Pocket, and others received just a millimetre or two.

But it was the hail and wind that had everybody talking.

Gympie and Southside SES crews attended eight call-outs on Friday night, mostly patching up hail damage to skylights, veranda perspex and windows near Veteran. Countless cars, particularly north of Gympie, had their windscreens destroyed.

SES controller Craig Miller said that on Sunday afternoon, the SES spent seven hours attending to calls at The Dawn, Kybong and The Palms, parts of whic “resembled a snowfield” after 3pm.

Most damage in those areas – particularly Rocks Rd, Jimbour Rd and Ruby Rd – was from water inundation caused by the hail forming giant ice blocks in gutters which then blocked the escape of rain water.

Sunday’s weather event was the result of three storms converging on the area from Kandanga to Imbil, one from the west-southwest and two from the north.

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