Storm damage at the Dicky Beach Caravan Park
Storm damage at the Dicky Beach Caravan Park Warren Lynam

Cooking up a storm at Caloundra

STEPPING outside felt like walking into an open oven.

High above, a trough, a long patch of low pressure air, was moving in from the west like a giant invisible blimp, pushing up against the moist air hanging over the coast ahead of it.

As conditions go, the the three ingredients necessary to brew a storm were all in place when Caloundra copped a lashing on Sunday afternoon.

By 4pm, the trough was sitting roughly over the eastern Darling Downs.

Storms developed in the south-east in a line roughly from the Gold Coast through to Archerfield and out to Oakey.

As the trough continued to push across to the Coast, the storms contracted towards the Coast as well, and Caloundra felt the fury.

Strong winds brought trees down on vans in the Dicky Beach Caravan Park, where a roof was ripped off a toilet block with a noise that witnesses likened to "a jet plane as it took off."

The storms were no surprise to the Bureau of Meteorology.

"We expected the storms could be severe during the weekend. That was in the forecast for a couple of days beforehand," said forecaster Vindord Anand.


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