Near-miss for Ti­nana wild storm chaser

Su­per­cell snaps 100ft trees like twigs

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WILD WEATHER - BONI HOLMES boni.holmes@her­

TI­NANA’S 3 Mile Rd West res­i­dent Robyne Cuerel was mes­merised by the su­per­cell storm that hit the Fraser Coast yes­ter­day.

She was alone and wan­dered to the front of her prop­erty to get a bet­ter view for pho­tograph­ing when she de­cided to re­turn to the house as the storm en­croached.

“As soon as I got into the house, it went dark and within sec­onds hail started pelt­ing on the tin roof – it was deaf­en­ing,” she said.

“Once the hail started then the winds be­gan, blow­ing a gale – I didn’t know how bad it was go­ing to get.

“We have a big tree out near the front gate that snapped like a twig.

“It looked like it was snow­ing.”

Ms Cuerel said it was like a mini tor­nado had gone through the prop­erty.

“There are 100-foot trees ev­ery­where and my main fear was one would be struck and it would land on the house,” she said.

“Af­ter­wards I found our tall bam­boo near the house, it was so close to smash­ing some win­dows and you could see a def­i­nite path were the storm raged through the prop­erty.”

Power to the prop­erty was cut for nearly 24 hours but came back on about 6pm.

“We are go­ing to be look­ing into do­ing some­thing about those big trees close to the house. It was messy but I am count­ing my bless­ings – it could of been a lot worse.”

Pho­tos: Robyne Cuerel

EERIE SCENE: Tall bam­boo trees were very close to smash­ing win­dows of Robyne Cuerel's Ti­nana home dur­ing the cell storm on Oc­to­ber 11.

Huge tree snapped like twigs.

The big mess left af­ter the cell storm on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Just a few of the hail stones Robyne col­lected af­ter the cell storm hit.

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