Rockhampton family of seven loses their roof in storm
WHEN Emma Jackson looked out the window of her family's Rockhampton house she was shocked to see someone's metal roof had blown off and landed in her neighbour's yard.
It wasn't until she went outside, after the storm had passed, that she realised it was her own roof.
During Thursday's fierce storm she and her five young children sheltered in their home on The Range, as water streamed through the ceiling in the bedrooms and living room.
Her toddler was even splashing around in puddles of water in the bedroom as the storm continued.
"All the windows started opening by themselves… I was trying to batten down the hatches then there was this big sound, I didn't know what it was," Emma said.
"Then the whole roof started leaking and we were all getting wet."
Because the internal roof was still in place Emma didn't realise the metal sheeting had been ripped off the top of her house in one big piece, which damaged three boundary fences as it landed next door.
"We had a big gum tree come down on the front of the house in the cyclone and that facade still hasn't been repaired… I think that gave the wind a way to get in and it just lifted it right off," she said.
"But it's amazing how far it went and how strong that wind must have been."
Emma, her husband Andrew and their five children, who are aged between one and nine, will be staying with Andrew's parents while the house is being repaired.
"I just couldn't believe that it could be worse than the cyclone," Emma said of the storm.
"We were all prepared for that, and then this thing just blew through and I'm home alone with the children and Andrew comes home to find the roof is gone.
"It's just crazy."