Fierce storm damages Mt Isa homesBy Chrissy Arthur, Tuesday December 11, 2012 - 08:46 EDT
The State Emergency Service (SES) says about 10 properties have been damaged and large trees felled during a fierce weekend storm at Mount Isa in north-west Queensland.
Clean-up crews and SES staff were out in force yesterday, cleaning up debris and conducting emergency repairs after the storm ripped through the city on Saturday night.
Mount Isa resident Russell Icely says the wind was so loud he did not hear the roof being torn off his home.
"As we heard one crack of lightning, the roof over the five bedrooms just got lifted up and dumped over the rest of the yard," he said.
"It has wrecked it ... it did have five bedrooms along the north, they are now all basically demolished - no roof, full of water, no walls.
"The hallway is now laying down on the concrete."
Mr Icely says the winds on Saturday night were worse than when Cyclone Yasi hit Mt Isa last year.
© ABC 2012
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