Storm threat closes in
STORMCHASER Julie Just says Bundaberg region farmers should brace for a season of damaging summer storms.
Her warning comes after a weekend in which two storms hit, one causing major damage in the Monto area and the other turning on a spectacular lightning and storm cloud display.
"From what I've seen so far, it's going to be a big storm season," Ms Just said.
"I'm afraid there is going to be some real damage from hail this season.
"I always feel for the farmers when I see that."
Ms Just lives near Biggenden and is a devoted stormchaser.
She monitored Sunday's storm closely and noted there were hail shafts, although there were only scattered reports of pea-sized hail.
Ms Just also captured on camera the eerie, orange glow in mammatus clouds that covered much of the region.
The storm's impact was also felt on the ground, with a Gooburrum resident contacting the NewsMail to say strong winds had upended a lightweight gazebo and damaged a fence.
At Gin Gin yesterday up to 50 customers in Monduran, Gaeta and Morganville areas were still without electricty after lightning hit a transformer.
And earlier homes and farm structures at Mulgildie, near Monto, were badly damaged on Friday night.
The storm took just minutes to wreak havoc at Matt and Tracey Pattie's farm.
"The wind had just so much power. It took half the roof off our house, as well as half the hay shed and a workshop is damaged too," Mrs Pattie said.
DAMAGE AT MULGILDIE
INSURANCE assessors were busy in the Mulgildie area yesterday looking at damage left by a violent storm which hit between 9pm and 10pm on Friday.
Several homes and businesses were storm damaged and a piggery, one of the Monto region's main employers, sustained major roof and structural damage.
Mulgildie Sales and Service owner Russell Dow has lived in the area for 44 years and said it was the most destructive wind storm he had seen.