Part of a tree that came down at Kumbia in a severe thunderstorm on Tuesday, February 28.
Part of a tree that came down at Kumbia in a severe thunderstorm on Tuesday, February 28. Will Hunter

Wild weather lashes Kumbia and surrounding area

A KUMBIA resident woke this morning to find a severe thunderstorm had downed a large part of tree just metres from his house.

Doug Ross said the storm that hit the town on Tuesday night was one of the worst he had seen since he moved there five years ago.

"The roar of the wind, the rain and then the hail, then a big thump - that was obviously the tree coming down," Mr Ross said.

"I thought it was furniture on the veranda getting blown around, I never came to have a look until the morning.

"I don't think (the hail) was very big at all, there wasn't a lot of it.

"They (the winds) were very strong. I think because the rain was horizontal...that was the thing, it was just driving."

Mr Ross said he was relieved a tree did not come down closer to his house.

Kumbia residents are this morning cleaning up the vegetation strewn across the town during the wild weather.

Kumbia Stone fruit farmer Dennis Dugdell recorded 40mm of rain last night.  

"The benefit of the rain far outweighed any damaged we got last night," he said.   

"We didn't get much damage, a lot of really heavy wind.   

"And very small hail, it hailed for 10 minutes."  

Mr Dugdell said the storm hit at about 7.30pm last night.    

"It was a bit worrisome while it was on, the hail just kept on coming it wouldn't stop," Mr Dugdell said. 

Benair farmer Trevor Campbell said he missed out on damage and only got about 8mm of rain last night.

"I missed it, but my son's farm, he's got duboisia trees stripped pretty badly of some of their leaves and he's just about to harvest," Mr Campbell said.  

"I went up for a drive to Kumbia early this morning and there were branches down everywhere, but no damage here.  

"But we were unlucky with the rain."  

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Janine Yusa said there could be more thunderstorms and rain around the South Burnett today and for rest of the week, but it could be patchy.

" We are looking at a medium to high chance of thunderstorms and showers in the week ahead, but it's going to be hit and miss activity," she said.   

"It's a matter of luck, as we saw yesterday one place up the road can get quite a bit and a place down the road can miss out."   

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