Winds hit hard

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

A WILD storm ripped through Gayn­dah last Wed­nes­day, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to homes.

Pow­er­ful winds tore roofs off three houses, smashed win­dows, brought down trees, in­clud­ing one on a campervan, and downed mul­ti­ple power lines.

The er­ratic spread of dam­age had res­i­dents call­ing the storm a mini-tor­nado.

SES lo­cal con­troller David Wil­son said there were no in­juries as six SES work­ers at­tended mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents with as­sis­tance from coun­cil work­ers and ex-SES vol­un­teers.

The storm cell caught ev­ery­one off-guard when it hit about 2pm.

“I knew that some weather was com­ing, but not that wind,” Mr Wil­son said.

Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dent Ke­dron Poin­ton, 13, was home from school when the wind blew the roof off his house.

“The house just started shak­ing,” Ke­dron said.

“I dropped to the ground and crawled to the front door.

“When I looked out­side, our roof was in next door’s yard.”

Biggen­den man Ray Saun­ders had his car­a­van parked at Claude Whar­ton Weir when the storm blew a tree onto his roof.

“I just got out, then swisho, a tree came down on the van,” Mr Saun­ders said.

“I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced winds this strong.”.

Fel­low cam­per Bill McCal­lum wit­nessed the event and said Mr Saun­ders was “lucky to be alive”.

“I went white as a sheet. I thought he was hit by the tree,” Mr McCal­lum said.

Mitch Kirk was help­ing with the clean-up at his grand­mother’s house on Wig­ton Rd, one of the worsthit homes.

He said he was amazed at how much dam­age had been caused while nearby struc­tures went un­touched.

“Just a nar­row pocket of air has come straight over that hill and hit the house,” Mr Kirk said.

“Those sheds (next to the house) are over 80 years old and they didn’t get touched.”

North Bur­nett Mayor Don Waugh said he was un­sure about the to­tal cost of dam­age from the storm.

But he said the clean-up bill would be sub­stan­tial.

“We won’t know the cost un­til the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies come out and in­spect the con­sid­er­able dam­age,” he said.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

STORM CLOUDS: Omi­nous clouds sat over Gayn­dah af­ter the wind hit the town.

WHERE’SMYROOF? Ke­dronPoin­ton­wasamazed to find his roof in his neigh­bour’s yard.

MAKESHIFT ROOF: Gayn­dah SES worked tire­lessly to help those in need.

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