SE Queensland In Recovery Mode After A Devastating Tornado And Hailstorm

A cleanup effort is underway in southeast Queensland after a tornado tore through the town of Tansey yesterday afternoon, damaging buildings, vehicles, and crops with devastating winds and hail.

Three separate storm cells hit the region over the course of several hours, battering Kingaroy, Gympie, and other South Burnett communities. Video posted on Instagram shows the severity of the storm in Gympie, where residents shielded from intense hail.

Residents in Kingaroy have shared images of the hailstones, some of which reached 7cm in diameter.

Three people were hospitalised as a result of the storm, after the car they were travelling in was battered by hail.

Queensland SES crews responded to 250 callouts in the region overnight, after residents reported roofs being torn from buildings, windows being shattered, and trees collapsed over roads.

Farmers in the area have reported extensive damage to their crops. Images from Divine Fruits in Kumbla, 30km southwest of Kingaroy, shows protective netting torn to shreds and buckling under the weight of the hailstones.

State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington shares similar images from property in the region.

The Bureau Of Meteorology states the region can expect to endure some more rough weather today, but it’s not expected to be quite as severe.

That’s just as well, considering a terrifying piece of footage posted online which appears to show a truck driver passing by the tornado itself:

Stay safe out there, mates.