Storm wreaks havoc

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

RES­I­DENTS were left dumb­founded af­ter a freak storm ripped through parts of the shire on Fri­day.

About 2.30pm an 18-me­tre power pole on Cassowary Road, near Moss­man, snapped in half as a “mini cy­clone” wreaked havoc through­out the re­gion.

More than 90 Er­gon cus­tomers were left with­out power af­ter the storm, which only lasted sev­eral min­utes but in­cluded gale-force winds, rain and light­ning.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Gra­ham Dun­ton was baf­fled when he saw the bro­ken power pole near his home.

“I was sit­ting at my com­puter and then heard an almighty bang, I thought the roof of my shed had blown off,” the re­tiree said.

“Freak events like this show that Mother Na­ture can be re­ally dev­as­tat­ing, par­tic­u­larly around here. The wind gusts sounded like a big freight train, it can be a pretty nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Er­gon crews worked through­out the night, with most homes hav­ing power re­stored by about mid­day on Satur­day. A tree also fell on top of pow­er­lines at Cooya Beach, north­east of Moss­man.

The Red­lynch Val­ley, near Cairns, was also hit by a freak storm on Fri­day af­ter­noon.


A freak storm caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to power lines and trees at Cassowary Road, near Moss­man, on Fri­day.

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