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Wild storm rips roof off Central Highlands' house

By Paul Robinson, Monday November 4, 2013 - 13:14 EDT
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The storm caused significant damage to the homestead - Audience submitted

A property owner on Queensland's Central Highlands says a wild overnight storm is the worst he has seen in more than 50 years.

Many drought stricken farmers welcomed rainfall of up 80 millimetres dumped by a series of storms.

However, Bruce Roberts says strong wind and heavy rain near Springsure ripped the roof from his house and destroyed sheds and there was also serious damage on another property he owns near Emerald

"Blew all the windows in in the house and we just ducked for cover basically," he said.

"The house is half unroofed and damaged around the place because other debris blew onto it and it's ripped the corner off the house and all the structures around the place are damaged."

"We went to the opposite side of the house and got near a doorway so we could start running if she started falling apart.

"Never seen anything like it, now I know what cyclones must be like when they hit, it was very scary.

"I've been here for almost 58 years and I've never seen anything as bad as it in my life, the sheds and everything wrecked today."

Brendan Bradford from the weather bureau says there were falls of 50 to 80mm across the Highlands.

"Quite violent wasn't it but we've had a report of two-hour rainfall totals of 77mm at Craigmore and just in half an hour 43mm at the Fairbairn Dam, quite violent rainfall coming through with some gusty winds and the chance of some hail forming with those storms as well," he said.


- ABC

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