Black clouds chase motorists along Wood St this week, but the predicted storm didn’t come through. But it was a different story for residents at Emu Vale who copped a hammering about 4.30pm on Monday.
Black clouds chase motorists along Wood St this week, but the predicted storm didn’t come through. But it was a different story for residents at Emu Vale who copped a hammering about 4.30pm on Monday. Emma Channon

Shed roof blown 1km

ROOFS were removed, sheds flattened and trees blown over when a ferocious storm - likened by some as a fierce cyclone or tornado - hit east of Warwick on Monday.

Emu Vale residents were left in awe of the mighty storm, which hit about 4.30pm. Warwick homes were left out of the war-zone, by as little as 10km.

Crop and steer farmers Kate and Jason Fritz had the roof of their shed blown a massive kilometre after it was blown off at the height of the winds.

"It was the wind that did most of the damage," Mrs Fritz said.

"It picked up a lot of trees - my mother-in-law lost five or six, and the tree at (Emu Vale) school went over and took power poles down with it."

The pair's two young children enjoyed the show from the safety of their home, which fortunately wasn't damaged in the downpour.

"They weren't too scared - but I had to pull the curtains shut when the hail hit," Mrs Fritz said.

"It was only pea sized but you could hear it on the roof."

SES crew arrived at the Fritz's property Monday night to cover the grain silos with tarps once it had been discovered the roof of the shed was missing.

"It ended up on the other side of the creek, which would be well over a kilometre away," Mrs Fritz said.

The storm cut power to most homes in Emu Vale from about 5pm but was switched back on for half the homes by 8pm. The rest of the community had power back by 10pm.

The Fritzs inspected their crops yesterday and said they seemed to have fared well, though some had been blown down by the wind.

A fellow Emu Vale resident, who wished to remain anonymous, lost her the roof to her store room and had her garage "obliterated" from the storm.

"They were very old buildings," she said.

"We knew there was a storm coming but it just came so suddenly. It didn't last long but while it was there it was really severe."

The resident said while the storm was "more like a tornado" she was never worried about her safety as long as she was inside her home.

"I never really took much notice and while I was on my own at the time, I knew I was safe," she said.

"The power went out and didn't come back on until about 10pm."

She couldn't remember a more ferocious storm, and said it seemed to cover a thin strip about 800m wide.

Today should be mostly sunny, with a possible shower expected Thursday.

 

Rainfall

Where the rain fell in the 24hrs to 9am yesterday:

Emu Vale: 40mm

Killarney: 7.2mm

Yangan: 25mm

Maryvale: 2.2mm

Warwick: 0mm


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