Storm wreaks havoc
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.