Brisbane airport witnesses nasty storm

Published on : Monday, November 14, 2016

brisbane-airportBrisbane airport witnessed the worst of a Queensland storm when roaring winds of almost 160km/h led to mobile boarding stairs to crash into a plane on the runway.

The devastating storm tore roof panels from a car park and a hanger, and left light planes skidding around on the tarmac. A passenger on board the flight filmed the full fury of the winds that swept southern Queensland.

The video shows the incredible power of the wild weather as the stairs smash into the aircraft’s side.

The Bureau of Meteorology said one gust of 159km/h was recorded at Brisbane airport.
A gust of that strength hasn’t been recorded there for 30 years.

A Brisbane Airport Corporation spokeswoman told AAP that the storm lasted about eight minutes and hit without warning.

Port of Brisbane officials are planning the removal of about 100 shipping containers that were blown over during Sunday’s storm. Port of Brisbane chief operating officer Peter Keyte said most of the containers that blew over were empty.

Some cars in vehicle storage areas were damaged by flying debris and some buildings and sheds sustained roof damage. The wild weather left thousands of homes and businesses without power.

Sunday’s storms also hit parts of the Sunshine Coast, including the Dickie Beach Holiday Park, north of Caloundra, were residents huddled in their vans, winds tearing the roofs of some.

“It only lasted five minutes but it was just like a tornado going through,” one park resident said.

A message on the park’s answering service said the extreme weather event had caused “severe damage”. Roof and other damage was also reported at Gympie, north of Caloundra, where some spots copped hail the size of golf-balls.

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