Wild storm hits Oakey

Oakey mops up after surprise severe storm

A WILD storm that tore through Oakey yesterday sent roofs flying 400 metres across paddocks and lifted sheds from their foundations.

Lorrimer St resident Telika Kelk escaped what could have been serious injury by mere minutes when she pulled in to her driveway and made a dash for the safety of her home.

The brewing storm clouds unleashed about 12.30pm, and Ms Kelk made it inside just minutes before the roof of a neighbour's carport slammed into her yard.

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"I thought it was my roof that was taking off," she said.

"I yelled for everyone to get under their beds.

"The storm came over so quick. It was really windy - like a cyclone or something."

Ms Kelk likened the intense weather event to that of a cyclone as heavy rains fell, pulling tree branches over powerlines, cutting power to the town.

"It was lucky we got home when we did, otherwise it (the roof) would have hit the car," she said.

Sisters Telika Kelk (left) and Nakita Kelk with a carport roof that came flying through the air from where the second garden shed can be seen in the background in the storm that hit Oakey.
Sisters Telika Kelk (left) and Nakita Kelk with a carport roof that came flying through the air from where the second garden shed can be seen in the background in the storm that hit Oakey. Kevin Farmer

He said Oakey had been the hardest hit with about 3700 homes left powerless.

Aubigny Rd resident Gail Brooks was watching her kids play in the rain when she realised the winds had picked up.

Moments later, she was yelling for them to get inside just before her garden shed was launched over her Colorbond fence and sent flying 500m down the road.

"I was at the back door and looking out, and the next thing... the whole shed just lifted up and flew over the fence," she said.

Ernie Archilles (left) and Hope Ryan help Barrett Slade carry the remains of his garden shed back to his yard after it was blown away in the storm that hit Oakey.
Ernie Archilles (left) and Hope Ryan help Barrett Slade carry the remains of his garden shed back to his yard after it was blown away in the storm that hit Oakey. Kevin Farmer

"We had to pick up all the toys - bikes, scooters, everything."

Branches and debris was strewn around the town, including a tree which had fallen on the tennis court fence at Oakey State School.

More than 2500 lightning strikes had been recorded by 4pm yesterday.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast a chance of a thunderstorm today with a 90 per cent chance of showers.



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