THE CLEAN UP: The carnage left by the December 2 storm in Dalby. Picture: Sharon Björkman
THE CLEAN UP: The carnage left by the December 2 storm in Dalby. Picture: Sharon Björkman

‘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.

The carnage left by the December 2 storm in Dalby. Picture: Robyn Kirk
The carnage left by the December 2 storm in Dalby. Picture: Robyn Kirk

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.

The carnage left by the December 2 storm in Dalby. Picture: Melissa Kerwin
The carnage left by the December 2 storm in Dalby. Picture: Melissa Kerwin

“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.”

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

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.

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

“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.

The planes at Dalby airport which had spun around in different directions. Picture: Nicole Broxham
The planes at Dalby airport which had spun around in different directions. 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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