Storm tears through

Ma­jor prop­erty dam­age in wild weather

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

DAVID and Suzie Tanzer were left with a big clean up job af­ter a wild storm caused ma­jor dam­age to their rental prop­erty in River­leigh.

The cou­ple said they had never ex­pe­ri­enced that kind of dam­age be­fore and they weren’t alone.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, the storm that ripped through the re­gion was the same one that tore trees down in Bund­aberg.

A DE­STRUC­TIVE su­per cell storm tore through the Wide Bay Bur­nett on Tues­day night, caus­ing wide­spread dam­age to towns.

David Tanzer said the house he and his wife Suzie rent in River­leigh ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant dam­age on Tues­day night.

“We were mov­ing fur­ni­ture and the next minute there was this cold breeze and it started blow­ing,” Mr Tanzer said.

“I told Suzie and the kids to get in the house, and I put the car un­der the shed and there was no way I could get out so I was stuck in the shed.”

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy me­te­o­rol­o­gist David Crock said it was a se­vere cell that passed through the re­gion.

“We had sev­eral cells pass through, but the one that passed through River­leigh would’ve been the same one that hit Bund­aberg, caus­ing trees to fall and roofs to be torn down,” Mr Crock said.

“We recorded wind gusts of 98 to 100km/h, so it was quite de­struc­tive.”

Mr Tanzer said it started to hail for about half an hour and was re­lent­less.

“There were trees fly­ing through here,” he said.

“It was pretty scary stuff. “It just stripped ev­ery­thing.”

He said the dam­age was more se­vere than he had ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

“We’ve had wild storms be­fore, but noth­ing like this, it was quite de­struc­tive,” Mr Tanzer said.

Wade and Amy Alexan­der, also res­i­dents of River­leigh, lost their hay shed.

“We’ve never seen any­thing like it,” Mr Alexan­der said.

“We were fear­ing for our lives.”

Er­gon En­ergy spokesman Rod Re­hbein said crews were called in from as far afield as the South Bur­nett to help out in the Mun­dub­bera re­gion.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

WHAT A MESS: Suzie and David Tanzer, with daugh­ter Ke­sha, in front of what used to be their shed.

WILD WINDS: Suzie Tanzer with daugh­ter Ke­sha and hus­band David Tanzer with some of the de­bris around their home.

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