Boxing Day storm stomps grapes
SEVERE thunderstorms and winds wreaked havoc across the Balonne shire as Southern Queensland was dealt a rough blow on Boxing Day.
Peter and Donna Haslam recorded 105km/h winds on their St George property.
Mrs Haslam said this was the second time in two years their grapevines had been ravaged by stormy weather.
"We had extensive damage done then but not much loss of grapes.”
Mrs Haslam said it was history repeating itself, with about 10 rows of vines being blown over on Boxing Day, but the grapes were all mostly intact.
St George locals said the storm wreaked havoc on carports and uprooted trees in the area.
Jennie Regan said her mum lives near the Haslams and her shed was damaged by the wind.
"We had to drag the car off the side of the shed with a chain,” she said.
"It's lucky the car was there or (the wind) would have wiped the shed clean out.”
Weather forecaster Diana Eadie said the Boxing Day thunderstorms across the state were "exceptional”.
"There was a lot of storm activity,” she said.
A 111km/h gust was recorded at the St George aerodrome weather station at 2.44pm on Boxing Day.
Balonne Shire Council CEO Matthew Magin said council had crews out clearing trees and branches around the shire.
"We didn't have any reports of structural damage and the SES fortunately had no call-outs,” he said.
"This kind of weather is typical for this time of year.
"The winds were quite ferocious for a very short period of time but thankfully there was no structural damage. The only disappointing part was that there wasn't more rain.”