BIG WINDS: Dalby and the rest of the Darling Downs were blown away by huge winds on December 2. Picture: Marie Cochrane
BIG WINDS: Dalby and the rest of the Darling Downs were blown away by huge winds on December 2. Picture: Marie Cochrane

Destruction as huge storm tears through Dalby with 144km/h winds

SEVERE thunderstorms have left a path of destruction through Dalby and its surroundings following a scorching summer day.

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall combined together to hammer the Western Downs this evening in a surprise weather system following record breaking days of heat.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 144km/h wind gusts at 6.06pm, partnered with wet microbursts through Dalby, Inglewood, Millmerran, Clifton, and Pittsworth.

Dalby residents witnessed incredible scenes of destruction around them, which included a local demountable falling apart, and a clothes line being torn from its roots.

BIG WINDS: Dalby and the rest of the Darling Downs were blown away by gale force winds on December 2. Picture: Nicole Broxham
BIG WINDS: Dalby and the rest of the Darling Downs were blown away by gale force winds on December 2. Picture: Nicole Broxham

In the event of a severe weather system, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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