Hail wreaks havoc on homes across the Southern Downs

This tree in Jan Fahey’s yard held up to for the 23 years she has lived at the Willi St premises but yesterday’s storm brought it crashing down. Her granddaughter Jess Fahey recorded the damage.
This tree in Jan Fahey’s yard held up to for the 23 years she has lived at the Willi St premises but yesterday’s storm brought it crashing down. Her granddaughter Jess Fahey recorded the damage. JESS FAHEY

BRUCE and Ros Schelbach have 12 broken windows from yesterday afternoon's storm, a lot of wet bed linen and leaves all over the house.

They estimate some of the hail was as big as 20 cent pieces when it struck their home at the western end of Locke St in Warwick.

"I have been in Warwick for more than six decades and in this house for 23 years and have never seen anything like this," Mr Schelbach said.

He even missed the worst of the storm.

"I looked on the computer half an hour beforehand and it appeared the storm was going to go around us," he said.

Just as it was about to hit, he jumped in the ute to put it in the back shed and was trapped.


"The storm was so bad I couldn't get the door of the ute open," he said.

Mrs Schelbach spoke of the large number of leaves which blew into the house after the windows were broken.

"There was glass all over one bed," she said.

Chantelle Cunningham collected these hailstones in Warwick.
Chantelle Cunningham collected these hailstones in Warwick.

An hour after the storm, the SES was on scene to cover the windows with plastic and start the clean-up.

Across the road, there were more broken windows, straight after the storm, one large tree lay right across Locke St

Douglas St resident Rachel Smith said the power went off and on during the storm.

"A top was broken off the top of a tree in my front yard. It was scary," she said.

It isn't really a positive but she has no tree that doesn't need pruning any more, the storm did the pruning.

Locke St resident Les Lane said he was amazed by the amount of water in Wood St during the storm.

He was surprised when he returned home from Dalby to find a large window was gone from one bedroom.

Condavale Drive damage

CONDAVALE Drive resident Neil Meiklejohn said it was wind that did most of the damage in his area.

"We had several thousand dollars worth of damage, there were homes in the area with garage doors blow in and a skylight destroyed," he said.

"Our trampoline was held down by four 30cm pegs and two sandstone weights but was lifted up and over the fence into the neighbours with no damage to the fence.

"It also took out our clothes line and blew the barbecue."

The storm damage was not restricted to Warwick with the SES receiving two calls for help to Clintonvale due to homes with structural damage.

There were falls as high as 40mm rain in Warwick. Traffic was blocked on the Cunningham Highway for one hour from fallen power lines. Power lines were also down in three Warwick streets but all was back on by 6.30pm.

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