Storm hit with the ferocity of a tornado, says Tully

THE Ipswich suburb of Goodna which bore the brunt of Sunday's violent storm is cleaning up this morning after suffering serious damage.

Trees went through roofs, walls and fences were blown over and roads were blocked for hours by fallen trees and power lines after the storm.

The main Brisbane to Ipswich rail line was closed for hours after a large tree fell across the tracks.

At Brisbane Terrace Goodna, a large gum tree smashed into the roof of a retirement village home and an historic 83-year-old Jacaranda tree planted during the Great Depression was blown over at the height of the storm still blocking the road this morning.

A water tank was blown 100 metres across three suburban blocks.

Ten thousand Ipswich homes lost power during the storm.

Local Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said the storm hit with the ferocity of a tornado.

"It ripped out trees, smashed houses and caused chaos with local roads blocked for hours."


Cr Tully said it would take weeks to clean up the area.

He said Ipswich council and SES personnel had worked through the night to secure roofs and clear trees and other debris.

"This storm closed in quickly and is a sign of a long hot wet summer commencing officially tomorrow."





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