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Little warning of high winds that lashed Mundubbera region

By Kallee Buchanan, Friday December 19, 2014 - 14:09 EDT

The North Burnett Mayor says recent gusty storms have damaged roofs and farms in the region.

Don Waugh said tornado-like winds cut a path through farms around Mundubbera on Wednesday night.

He said there was little warning of the severity of the winds.

"[It came] out of the blue," he said.

"It was very narrow in its extent but where it hit it just demolished so much in its way.

"The blueberries were probably the biggest loser overall with all the covering blown over and all the wires gone and yes the blueberries are covered totally so they don't know what's underneath them at this stage.

"Farms that were totally demolished on one side of the line on the other side you had absolutely no, not even a breath of wind.

"So it's incredible and our blokes, Peter Van Breemen and his crew, were out most of the night I think checking up on the roads and the debris that's across the roads, clearing it and making sure that they were aware of just where the damage was and what they could do to help."

Smart Berries' chief executive Anthony Pointer said about a quarter of the blueberry farm was affected.

He said it was lucky this year's crop had already been picked.

"There's minor damage to the actual plants," he said.

"We're not cropping at the moment, we finished a few weeks ago, so fortunate in that sense that we don't have berries that are at risk, so we're really in a regrowth stage in between crops.

"So our crops finished at the end of November and won't start again till next April."

He said it was difficult to tell what the full impact of the damage was.

"We won't know, it may have an impact on next year's crop for that section of about 20 hectares that was impacted but at this point we're not seeing a significant impact yet," he said.


- ABC

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