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"River of ice from the sky" smashes pumpkins and melons

STORM SEASON: Hail creates a wintry scene at Woodlands Road in Gatton (above and inset).
STORM SEASON: Hail creates a wintry scene at Woodlands Road in Gatton (above and inset). Mel Maeseele
Hail at Woodlands Road in Gatton on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Mel Maeseele
Hail at Woodlands Road in Gatton on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Mel Maeseele Mel Measeele

A FARMER described the extraordinary hail storm that pelted the Lockyer Valley as a "river of ice from the sky".

Farmer Trevor Harm said Wednesday's storm had cost him two months' income.

He said he was a week away from picking about 28ha of pumpkins from his property but now his produce had been all smashed up.

Tenthill farmer Paul Windolf said about 16ha of his newly planted melon crop had been wiped out and he expected the damage bill to be in excess of $100,000.

Some of his paddocks were still under water yesterday.

The storm swept through the region with dangerous winds and hailstones the size of golf balls.

The SES received 97 calls for help, mainly for hail damage to windows and roofs, in the Laidley, Gatton and Toowoomba areas.

Storms swept through the area yesterday with local flooding reported in Albert St, Goodna, about 5pm.

A spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology said storms were expected to continue through to Monday.

 

Topics:  bureau of meteorology farming hail storm lockyer valley



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