Wild night of storms for Darling Downs

Caralee Mirfin shared this great pic of the storm.
Caralee Mirfin shared this great pic of the storm.

JUNABEE resident Kate Christensen could not believe what she saw on Tuesday night as the rain poured down.

Mrs Christensen looked out a window in her house to find a 5000 gallon water tank being picked up and thrown by the wind.

Fortunately, the tank did not make it far as it was impaled on a series of posts only 10m from where it was picked up.

"The wind literally picked the tank up and threw it like it was a kid's toy," Mrs Christensen said.

"We had some ropes holding it down but they broke.

"Fortunately it got hooked on the posts and sat there or who knows where it would have gone."

Mrs Christensen has now been left counting the damage after the wild weather, which included 75mm of rain in 45 minutes and pea-sized hail, in addition to the strong winds.

WHAT A SHOT: Amy Roberts shared this great shot of the storm from Rosenthal Heights. To see more storm photos and to stay up to date on weather warnings, visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page.
WHAT A SHOT: Amy Roberts shared this great shot of the storm from Rosenthal Heights. To see more storm photos and to stay up to date on weather warnings, visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page.

"The tank cost $2500 when we bought it," she said.

"An old shed in the backyard, which was going to be turned into a horse stable, was

destroyed and is not worth fixing. And we got a bit of water damage to our house from the volume of rain in such a short space of time."

Despite the falls, Mrs Christensen hopes there will still be more rain on its way, just not too soon.

"We needed the rain, just not like that," Mrs Christensen said.

"It's filled up a lot of the dams and Swan Ck is flowing again so I'm happy we got the rain.

"We still need all the rain we can get, we just need a few days now for everything to dry out though.

"We just went through probably our toughest winter in terms of feeding our cattle and we're still feeding them from winter.

"An inch per week for the rest of summer would be great."

Lynnelle Reimer’s pic from the Warwick Golf Club.
Lynnelle Reimer’s pic from the Warwick Golf Club.


Weatherzone's seven-day forecast has been updated, tipping 40-80mm to fall in the Southern Downs region today.

"There is a very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. A thunderstorm likely, possibly severe," Weatherzone's forecast says.

Falls of 20-40mm have been tipped for tomorrow and 10-20mm on Saturday.

Where it fell

Official 24-hour rainfall results from Bureau of Meteorology:

 Emu Vale: 76mm

 Warwick: 60mm

 Yangan: 56mm

 Maryvale: 43mm

 Scots College: 25mm

 Campbell's Gully: 17mm

 Goomburra: 13mm

 Murray's Bridge: 10mm

 Carr's Lookout: 4mm

Topics:  southern downs, storms, weather

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