Re­gion set for rain­fall

Storms wreak havoc across Wide Bay

NewsMail - - NEWS - MIKAYLA HAUPT mikayla.haupt@news-mail.com.au

UP TO 100mm could fall in the Bund­aberg re­gion over the next two days.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Aditi Sha­ran said there was a high chance of rain this af­ter­noon and evening, with falls be­tween 30–50mm ex­pected.

Ms Sha­ran said the fore­cast for to­mor­row was the same.

The wet weather fore­cast comes af­ter a storm wreaked havoc across the Wide Bay Bur­nett yes­ter­day.

About 4pm, Bund­aberg res­i­dents be­gan re­ceiv­ing emer­gency text mes­sages warn­ing of a “very dan­ger­ous storm” and tor­na­does on the Fraser Coast, which was hit with hail, heavy rain and strong winds.

In the South Bur­nett, ten­nis ball-sized hail up to 7cm was re­ported at Kumbia while hail­stones mea­sur­ing 4cm–5cm rained down be­tween Pros­ton and Mur­gon.

Gympie was hit with 3cm–5cm hail.

A warn­ing sent at 3.35pm named Bund­aberg as a pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for “se­vere thun­der­storms” which were “likely to pro­duce de­struc­tive winds, large hail­stones and tor­na­does over the next sev­eral hours in the Wide Bay and Bur­nett”.

How­ever, by 5.30pm the warn­ings for Bundy were can­celled with no rain hav­ing fallen.

Rain did fall dur­ing a wild storm on Wed­nes­day night with Bund­aberg record­ing 31mm, Bar­gara 24mm, Woodgate 40mm, Childers 20mm and Gin Gin 10mm.

An En­er­gyQ spokesman said more than 4000 house­holds and busi­nesses in Bund­aberg lost power dur­ing the storm.

“Gayn­dah, Biggen­den and neigh­bour­ing ar­eas also had in ex­cess of 4000 cus­tomers with­out power at the storm’s peak,” he said.

“Our crews be­gan restor­ing power promptly across af­fected ar­eas once the storms eased.”

The spokesman said peo­ple who saw fallen power lines should stay away from them and phone 13 16 70 or 000.

Bund­aberg Cane­grow­ers chair­man Al­lan Din­gle said the rain was wel­come.

He said lo­cal farm­ers had been wait­ing a long time for de­cent falls, which now ap­pear to have ar­rived.

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