Bryce Whitaker was shocked to see his large tree uprooted.
Bryce Whitaker was shocked to see his large tree uprooted. Clementine Norton

Blessings counted after 'tornado'

THE damage bill from Monday’s mini-tornado is yet to be calculated but Maryborough residents are thanking their lucky stars no one was hurt in the storm.

Ambrose White St man Bob McFie said his garden shed was torn down and flyscreens were wrenched from his windows during the 10-second blast of wind.

“I was busy shutting all the windows when my grand-daughter cried out that the shed was gone,” he said. “It nearly went through her window.”

His neighbour Jessica Gabriel said her full-sized circular trampoline was blown more than a street away. “It went over a heap of houses,” Ms Gabriel said.

Nerida Andrews was trying to close the front door when the mini-tornado struck.

“I was wrestling against the doors but I just couldn’t get it shut,” she said.

The wind destroyed one of her sheds but left the one next to it standing, and scattered her grandchildren’s play equipment across the yard.

Neptune St man Bryce Whitaker lost several large trees in the storm, including a 15-year-old Leopard tree.

The damage was just as bad a few doors down, with Jason Fuchs unable to get his car out of the driveway due to huge branch.

“The base of the branch was so huge we couldn’t lift it,” he said.

Maryborough Tree Lopping owner Brett Ible believed more than a dozen large trees had been uprooted in the freak storm, and numerous smaller trees and branches had fallen over fences and roads.

“It’s because the soil’s so saturated, they’re just getting blown over,” Mr Ible said.

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