Storm tears through
Major property damage in wild weather
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.
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.