Wild storms strike CQ
By NATALIE SMITH
WET and wild weather swept through Central Queensland last night.
Storms thundered across parts of the region after big black clouds loomed over Stanwell, Gracemere, Westwood, Mount Morgan and Rockhampton for most of yesterday.
Strong winds accompanied the downpour.
More than 12mm had fallen in Rockhampton by 6pm last night.
Gracemere resident Eric Hood recorded about 30mm in his rain gauge yesterday and said as well as steady rain the occasional pea-sized block of hail had fallen on his front lawn.
"This is our third storm today,'' he said.
Pink Lily resident and Palm View Spelling Farm and Stud owner Len Milner said the majority of the heavy rains missed them yesterday, but he was happy with the downpour nonetheless.
"We've had 100mm in the last 10 days,'' he said.
"Years ago we used to have a rain pattern like this in early October, I hope it lasts.
"Our grass is green and growing.''
Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Vince Rowlands said widespread rain and thunderstorms were likely to continue today.
"There are pretty big storms around at the moment.
"By Wednesday I'd expect there would be clearing trends, with scattered showers easing to isolated showers and by Thursday we are more likely to have some clouds and blue sky,'' he said.
Another storm struck Rockhampton about 7pm.
North Rockhampton home owners on Little Musgrave Street lost part of their roof in the storm and had to enlist the help of the SES to secure the roof with tarps.
On the power front yesterday, 1397 homes in Allenstown, Rockhampton and the Range area lost power for about an hour from 4.30pm, as did 649 homes in Alpha, Barcaldine and Jericho from 3.30pm.
Minor outages were also reported at the Capricorn Coast.