Bowenville residents blown away by shocking tornado damages
Bowenville has been left devastated after a tornado ripped through the Darling Downs region on Wednesday night.
Higgins Storm Chasing reported that the tornado was produced near Jondaryan, with Bowenville suffering the direct hit.
The tornado struck at approximately 7.30pm, ripping down power poles and causing power outages to 7700 residents in the area.
Bowenville Hotel manager Alisha Travers said the tornado had come as an immense shock.
"The wind was insane. It took two men to even be able to close the doors," she said.
"We thought we got through it okay, but we came outside and found out that the shed was gone, my car was damaged and the rain was torrential too."
"It picked things up like they were nothing."
A number of properties around town also suffered significant damages, with houses losing their roofs and crops devastated.
Many trees were brought down and snapped.
The Warrego Highway west of Bowenville was also closed due to power lines coming down.
Ms Travers said despite the damages, residents and workers had quickly become active in the cleanup.
"We've got a generator and we're sort of the hub of town so we've had a lot of people in here already and we've been able to give them a bacon and egg sandwich and that sort of thing," she said.
"Everybody has rallied together and we've already started working on the cleanup."