The winds left a tent lying in the middle of McDowall Street in Roma. Pic: Social Media
The winds left a tent lying in the middle of McDowall Street in Roma. Pic: Social Media

Southwest hit with wild winds, but the rain expected later

SOUTHWEST Queensland has been hit with wild wind with strong gusts blowing away branches, leaves, and even a tent.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded gusts of up to 69km/h at 5.47pm, October 18.

Meteorologist James Thompson said a trough moving from the Warrego and Maranoa areas towards the coast caused yesterday’s weather event.

“We had a 70km/h wind gust at St George, and rainfall totals at the airport there are 6mm,” Mr Thompson said.

“Most of the heavier rainfall totals were in the Granite Belt region, getting up to 15mm.”

During the storm, a member of the Roma Community Discussion Facebook group found a tent blown away, lying on the middle of McDowall Street.

But despite the strong winds, there wasn’t much rain recorded.

BOM recorded only 1.8mm of rain in Roma, no rain in Charleville, but St George did receive a welcome 6mm from the weather event.

Member of Facebook group Candice Avery recorded 23mm at Dirranbandi yesterday.

Mr Thompson said there is a chance of more rain throughout the southwest later this week, with a 60 per cent chance in Roma on Friday 23 October and the following day.

“We are seeing an increase of moisture this week throughout the region,” he said.


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