Winds hit hard
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.
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.