Queensland’s Darling Downs are reeling from severe storms that have hit “like a freight train”, bringing a tornado, large hail and a deluge of rain.
- Towns in the region have been blanketed in hail and drenched in heavy rains
- Long-time resident says he hasn’t experienced anything like this in decades
- Wetter weather is expected across Queensland for the remainder of the week
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed reports of a tornado in Pittsworth, southwest of Toowoomba, just before 11:00 a.m.
“It seemed like a fairly weak tornado, but [there are] clear signs he was, “forecaster Shane Kennedy said.
“In this case, we had both photos and videos on social media, so we could see a clear rotation and [the tornado] reaching the ground.
No injuries or significant damage were reported, but the office is continuing its investigation.
“We don’t need these rocks”
Over 51 millimeters of rain was recorded in 30 minutes this morning at Centenary Ridge, while Blackbutt in south Burnett received 69mm.
Darling Downs agronomist Paul McIntosh said it was the most severe storm he had witnessed in years.
“We have been in Toowoomba since 1993… and there has been nothing like it in Toowoomba if I remember correctly,” he said.
Mr McIntosh welcomed the rain in the area but said the hail could have been dispensed with.
“We have 30mm of rain and we need rain, but we don’t need these rocks,” he said.
“Fortunately, they weren’t the size of a golf ball.
“It doesn’t seem to be doing too much damage [but] some of my windows shook a bit and the tin roof certainly shook. “
“A freight train passes”
Toowoomba resident Jeremy Coverdale said his wife was at work in Highfields when the storm hit and reported hail “a little larger than the size of a pea in relation to the size of an inch “.
“It was like a passing freight train,” he said.
The BOM said there had been reports of hail up to two centimeters in diameter near Mount Larcom in central Queensland, with severe thunderstorms expected across Queensland most of the day as the storms subsided. head east.
“It was definitely a pretty active start to the season,” said Kennedy.
“For tomorrow we will probably see unstable conditions, but the risk of severe thunderstorms should be largely passed.”