The week that was: Storms bat­ter re­gion

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

THE Sunshine Coast nar­rowly es­caped the worst of this week’s wild weather which ripped roofs from homes, felled trees and de­stroyed cars in “tor­nado-like” con­di­tions.

It was only kilo­me­tres north in the Gympie and Kin­garoy re­gions where the dam­age was se­vere and wide­spread.

While the Coast has been bat­tered with se­vere thun­der-

storms, we didn’t cop any­thing like our northern neigh­bours.

Thurs­day saw ten­nis ball­sized hail rain down.

One Kin­garoy mum has been hailed a hero, pro­tect­ing her four-month-old from the worst of it.

Pic­tures show her back cov­ered in huge bruises which she said were caused when her car win­dows blew out and she tried to cover her baby from be­ing hit by the huge hail stones.

Gympie pro­duc­ers were also some of the hard­est hit as the storm wreaked havoc, in­un­dated prop­er­ties and caused thou­sands of dollars worth of dam­age.

Kim and Ja­son Lewis of Cooloola Berries at Wolvi said they were “com­pletely oblit­er­ated”.

“We’ve lost all our blue­ber­ries, the straw­ber­ries are all fin­ished and it looks as though our laven­ders are smashed to bits,” Mrs Lewis said.

“We’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like this in the 12 years that we’ve been here.”

But the worst came last where a Fed­eral man died when a fig tree fell on his house dur­ing the shock­ing storm.

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