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Hail lashes Stanthorpe region

Destructive hail bucketed down at the vineyard Robert Channon Wines on Wednesday night.
Destructive hail bucketed down at the vineyard Robert Channon Wines on Wednesday night. Ewan Leighton

THUNDERSTORM season has lashed the region yet again, with a violent thunderstorm dumping large amounts of ice over Stanthorpe on Wednesday.

Hail netting at Robert Channon Wines buckled under Mother Nature's wrath, with hail spilling from the catchment pieces.

Mr Channon said the sheer weight of the hail was too much for the netting to withstand.

"It sounded as though bricks were landing on our roof when the storm begun, they were big jagged pieces of ice," Mr Channon said.

"There was literally tons of hail, it was the weight of the ice that tore the netting."

Vineyard manager Richard Hill said although the netting was torn, things could have been worse.

Compared to a similar storm last year, Mr Hill said there was not too much damage to the netting this time.

"If we hadn't had the netting I wouldn't think we would have much left at all," he said.

"It won't affect our season at all because there is very little damage to the vines."

"The netting will be replaced as soon as they can get to it, we need to get it done quickly, but that will depend on how much damage has been done around the area."

Warwick was treated to a luminous light show on Wednesday and hail was reported as close to town as Rosenthal Heights.

And there is bad news for the scaredy cats who seek refuge under the covers when storms hit.

Weatherzone meteorologist Doug Fenton said the thunderstorm season is well under way and Warwick residents can expect thunderstorms throughout both spring and summer.

Topics:  hail, stanthorpe, storms, thunderstorm, weather




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