‘Like a tornado’: Dalby cleans up after damaging storm
SEVERE thunderstorms, damaging winds and heavy rainfall combined together to leave a path of destruction through Dalby, causing clotheslines to snap in half and trees to fall down.
The massive clean up has now begun for residents after 144km/h wind gusts swept through Dalby, Inglewood, Millmerran, Clifton and Pittsworth on the afternoon of December 2.
Dalby residents like Peter Broxham could only watch on in horror as household items blew away into the deep unknown due to the mammoth weather system.
“I looked out of the window and I saw what looked like a tornado, so I waited for it to past before I went outside,” he said.
“I’ve gone to the car port afterwards, and there was [his clothesline], sleeping on the job.”
Mr Broxham and his wife Nicole’s clothesline had completely snapped in half, with the top half lodging itself next to the garage.
“We’re lucky it didn’t hit anyone, or anything,” he said.
“If it had hit my gutters I would’ve been pretty upset.
“I also had a couple Keter plastic sheds go on a holiday as well down the street.”
Other residents weren’t as lucky, with trees and fences collapsing around them, while planes at Dalby airport were spun in different directions.
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.