Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.
Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.

AFTERMATH: Photos show massive hail destruction near Roma

DESPITE a sea of white stretching as far as the eyes can see, these photos were taken just weeks out from summer and in southwest Queensland, not during a Wyoming winter.

Roma received a much-needed 14mm of rain on Thursday, but it was residents just north of

town who copped an absolute belting with hail clearing trees and damaging farm equpment in a short amount of time.

Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.
Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.

A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said Roma received 14mm, Yuleba 4mm but recorded 122km per hour wind gusts at about 1.39pm yesterday, making it “well over the severe threshold”.

Simon Mollee, who lives on a property northeast of Roma, about 60km near Taroom labelled it a “pretty wild one yesterday” and recorded 27mm of rain.

Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.
Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.

“It was the first decent storm we’ve had in a while now,” he said.

Photos here depict hail clearing trees and Mr Mollee said he can see 2km straight through the property.

Hail also damaged a power bank for a mono bore.

Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.
Simon Mollee's pictures of hail damage – October 22. Northeast of Roma.

“It only went on for about 15 minutes but it definitely did some damage,” he said.

For today, the meteorologist said thunderstorms are currently moving close to Roma.

“There’s a pretty good chance of rain this afternoon, in about an hour or so,” he said.

“We haven’t issued a severe weather warning at this stage.”

For tomorrow, there’s a 90 per cent chance of rain throughout the day and storms are likely in the afternoon.

“We’re looking at around 8-25mm of rain during the day,” the meteorologist said.

For further out west, Charleville is also expecting a high chance of rain tomorrow – 80 per cent then dropping off for Sunday.


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