Mini twister rips through Baralaba and Woorabinda

A MINI twister ripped through Woorabinda and Baralaba last night ripping trees from the ground and snapping branches from many trees lining the main street.

A spectacular hail storm also hit the town of Yarwin, 9km west of Gladstone.

Power to homes and businesses was knocked out from 5.30pm yesterday until 2.30am today.

Channel 7 was off the air for 20 minutes last night in Yeppoon.

Captain of the Baralaba Fire Brigade, Robbie Price, said the wind was ferocious and in a very short space of time did a lot of damage to trees.

"It hit at 4.55pm yesterday and luckily no roofs were ripped from any homes," Captain Price said.

"It raced through pretty quickly and ripped a lot of limbs from trees and dumped a lot of debris on the roads, and in some cases adding 30 minutes to people's travel times.

"Council workers have been out since dawn this morning cleaning up the mess.

"And at Woorabinda, a house had a tree fall on top of it but luckily no one has been hurt."

The only other property damage was to a roller door on a shop at Baralaba.

Meanwhile, a spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology said another storm was likely this afternoon due to the current pressure system.

"Storms are likely this afternoon due to the trough in the west with the wind moving from the west to the east," the spokesman said.

"And then later this evening if they eventuate, will hit the coastal regions including Yeppoon.

"There are no current weather warnings issued by the Bureau but we do regularly update our website and would suggest people check for the latest conditions."



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