Wild night of storms for Darling Downs
JUNABEE resident Kate Christensen could not believe what she saw on Tuesday night as the rain poured down.
Mrs Christensen looked out a window in her house to find a 5000 gallon water tank being picked up and thrown by the wind.
Fortunately, the tank did not make it far as it was impaled on a series of posts only 10m from where it was picked up.
"The wind literally picked the tank up and threw it like it was a kid's toy," Mrs Christensen said.
"We had some ropes holding it down but they broke.
"Fortunately it got hooked on the posts and sat there or who knows where it would have gone."
Mrs Christensen has now been left counting the damage after the wild weather, which included 75mm of rain in 45 minutes and pea-sized hail, in addition to the strong winds.
"The tank cost $2500 when we bought it," she said.
"An old shed in the backyard, which was going to be turned into a horse stable, was
destroyed and is not worth fixing. And we got a bit of water damage to our house from the volume of rain in such a short space of time."
Despite the falls, Mrs Christensen hopes there will still be more rain on its way, just not too soon.
"We needed the rain, just not like that," Mrs Christensen said.
"It's filled up a lot of the dams and Swan Ck is flowing again so I'm happy we got the rain.
"We still need all the rain we can get, we just need a few days now for everything to dry out though.
"We just went through probably our toughest winter in terms of feeding our cattle and we're still feeding them from winter.
"An inch per week for the rest of summer would be great."
Weatherzone's seven-day forecast has been updated, tipping 40-80mm to fall in the Southern Downs region today.
"There is a very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. A thunderstorm likely, possibly severe," Weatherzone's forecast says.
Falls of 20-40mm have been tipped for tomorrow and 10-20mm on Saturday.
Where it fell
Official 24-hour rainfall results from Bureau of Meteorology:
Emu Vale: 76mm
Scots College: 25mm
Campbell's Gully: 17mm
Murray's Bridge: 10mm
Carr's Lookout: 4mm