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VIDEO: Bungadoo residents describe tornado-like storm

The Bungadoo resident captured footage of the storm on his mobile phone before proceeding home.

Little did he know his car wouldn't make it all the way.

"I was driving along Wallaville-Goondoon Rd looking at the radar and could see it was all red," Mr Mendez said.

"I turned on to Short Cut Rd and a tree fell down across the road just behind me and I s*** myself," he said.

"There wasn't one part of road which wasn't covered in trees and debris I couldn't get my Pajero through and had to leave it and get Andrew who was home to collect me on the quad.

"It was pure wind that did all the damage."

SEVERE STORM: Bungadoo resident Andrew Marland was witness to a severe storm which ravaged his property, felling trees and ripping iron of roofs.
Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SEVERE STORM: Bungadoo resident Andrew Marland was witness to a severe storm which ravaged his property, felling trees and ripping iron of roofs. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

Andrew Marland said the storm was wilder than normal and he had not seen anything like it in his time.

"A big tree knocked the shed over and tin went flying 15m up into another tree," Mr Marland said.

"It only lasted 30 seconds to one minute - but we knew it had happened when we woke up this morning and saw the destruction," he said.
 

He said the tin sheets became projectiles and he found himself ducking not knowing what else to expect.

"As a 6ft 4 man crouched down beside the barbeque I didn't feel overly safe when the tin was starting to come through - but I'm here to tell the tale."

Mr Mendez said he was most upset about damageto the trees on the 160-hectare property.

"We had beautiful fig trees which were over 100 years old - so obviously this hasn't happened before," he said.

"As weird as it sounds I would have preferred to lose the house which is insured over the trees.

"We bought this property for the established trees and it only took a minute to take them from us."
 

 

After viewing the video captured by Mr Mendez, Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist David Grant said he could not say if it was a tornado or not.

"That video appears to show a suspicious cloud signature with that thunderstorm near Gin Gin, but unfortunately I could not conclusively say if it is a tornado," Mr Grant said.

"The damage photos did not give me any further evidence to suggest that a tornado occurred, but they did show that significant wind gusts were generated from the thunderstorm," he said.

Mr Grant said he suspected significant downdrafts from the thunderstorm caused the damage mainly because dry mid-level air was present in the atmosphere on Wednesday.

"(This) which can enhance the strength of downdrafts from thunderstorms," he said.

"There were numerous significant wind gusts recorded from thunderstorms across Queensland yesterday (Wednesday), including 115kmh at Kingaroy and 93kmh at Julia Creek, which also makes me think that the damage caused from this thunderstorm was the work of downdrafts and not a tornado."

Topics:  storm tornado



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