Misty Warne took this photo on Sunday near the Nanango golf course.
Misty Warne took this photo on Sunday near the Nanango golf course. Misty Warne

PHOTOS: 'Gale-force winds' tear through Nanango

A STRONG storm cell that rolled across the South Burnett on Sunday afternoon dumped patches of rain across the region, with Nanango copping the brunt of extreme winds and hail.

People from around the region reported rainfalls of up to 45mm at Glan Devon, 42mm at Booie, 35mm at Coolabunia and 22mm at Wattle Camp.

Graham Rattledge said he wasn't sure how much rain he received in East Nanango.

"My rain gauge flew away so if I ever find it, I'll let you know," he said.

"When I saw the clouds coming in on Sunday afternoon, it looked like it was going to touch down, like the tornadoes do in America."

 

Mr Rattledge said the clouds were so low he thought there was going to be a touchdown.
Mr Rattledge said the clouds were so low he thought there was going to be a touchdown. Graham Rattledge

Mr Rattledge said the small shed he installed in his backyard upturned in the winds.

"It was anchored to pavers and the pavers lifted from the wind," he said.

"I had sheets of corrugated iron in the backyard that I put away and secured down yesterday afternoon.

"Those corrugated iron sheets would've been picked up and would've come straight for the house, so we've been lucky."

 

Mr Rattledge's new shed was anchored to the pavers and the strong gusts of wind lifted them.
Mr Rattledge's new shed was anchored to the pavers and the strong gusts of wind lifted them. Graham Rattledge

But when the storm was bearing down, he wasn't so sure in the moment.

"My wife and I were looking out the back window to the west as it was coming in and I said, 'We'd better close the curtains and come away from the windows'."

"I've never seen a storm like this," he said.

"We're on stumps and the house was shaking. We had our two dogs in the lounge and they were both just looking at us."

He said the pebble-size hailstones blocked the gutters and the strainer on his rainwater tank.

"It would've been nice to fill the tank, but we're reasonably lucky damage-wise, because of the power of the storm," he said.

"The front and back gardens were just white from hail, it's the first time I've ever seen the ground go so white."

 

Mr Rattledge's porch covered with a blanket of hail.
Mr Rattledge's porch covered with a blanket of hail. Graham Rattledge

Mr Rattledge said he spent Monday morning outside with a chainsaw, cleaning up the debris.

"Trees snapped off, it was literally gale-force winds here, I wouldn't be surprised if they were 100km/h."

Despite the wet conditions, meteorologists said a lot more rain was needed in the coming weeks and months to break the drought.

Weatherzone meteorologist Tom Hough said the South Burnett could expect showers most days for the rest of the week.

"There could be a the odd storm with another heavy shower around later in the week," he said.

Farmers will get little comfort from the weather forecast of a drier and warmer-than-average end to the year.

"Rainfall for November is looking a little below average," he said.

"From October through to December the outlook is slightly below average until the end of December, and temperatures are looking warmer than average for minimum and maximum temperatures."

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