Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

One Storm Too Many for Tree; Wild Storm Flattens Tree, Car, Takes Shed and Clothes Line

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

One Storm Too Many for Tree; Wild Storm Flattens Tree, Car, Takes Shed and Clothes Line

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Byline: Jocelyn Watts

FOUR days after buying a brand new car, Janell Day was devastated to find her pride and joy squashed under the weight of a large tree on Tuesday afternoon.

The Gundiah teacher aide was too upset to talk to the Chronicle yesterday but husband Bevan said Ms Day had parked a car under that tree for the past 30 years.

The tree had been through many storms but on Tuesday it didn't hold up, Mr Day said.

"(The storm) came in with a vengeance."

Gundiah school principal Rita Ellen said 29 students had been in the playground just minutes before the savage thunder storm struck the small Tiaro community about 1pm.

"It was lunch time and the weather was a bit cooler, for a change, so they were all outside," Ms Ellen said.

"When we heard a clap of thunder we went inside and only just had enough time to shut the windows and it hit."

Ms Ellen said the wind was so ferocious that she feared it would smash a window.

"We had the kids on the other side of the room . …

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