The tornado absolutely smashed the town of Killarney.
The tornado absolutely smashed the town of Killarney. Contributed

The day a tornado smashed the Darling Downs

ON THIS day 47 years ago, residents in Killarney started an epic clean-up after the town was smashed by a tornado.

November 22, 1968 is a day many Killarney locals will never forget - a day forever stamped in the minds of those who witnessed the brutal destruction.

200 homes were destroyed and a young girl died in the deadly tornado that cast a path of destruction across the Southern Downs.

47 years later the locals of Killarney Near Warwick in SE Qld still talk about the tornado that wiped out the small town...

Posted by Higgins Storm Chasing on Sunday, November 22, 2015

Higgins Storm Chasing posted a video on their Facebook page yesterday to mark the 47th anniversary.

The post attracted hundreds of comments from former and current locals, sharing their memories and stories of that terrifying day.

Rhyl Venning lived through the tornado and shared her touching story on the post.

"I was in a building that was completely demolished (only the stumps were left) and tragically a young girl, who had been sitting right near me, died," she wrote

"This experience is actually my motivation for following Higgins storm chasers. Even 47 years later I need to know as much as possible what is coming my way in terms of storms, especially dangerous ones."

Darryl Barlow was two-years-old when the storm struck his family home.

"That storm came back round via Clifton and split our home in half," he wrote.

"I was 2 years old and mum dad and myself standing between them pushing on the door to stop it from blowing in. We couldn't hold it."

Jeannine Kimber was 18 months old when the storm damaged her family's home.

"We had damage to our house - roof and louvres,but the lady across the road hardly lost a petal off her rose bushes," she wrote.

"My mum couldn't open the doors to my room from the pressure."

Jeannine said her dad phoned the Warwick police about the tornado and they didn't believe him.

"It picked up the fire truck and dumped it down the Main Street near the bridge over the Condamine," she wrote.

"My grandparents full water tank on top of the tank stand was blown off and away.

"My dad was working in someone's house at the time. All of a sudden he was in daylight - the roof was completely blown off."

 

 

 



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