Storm destroys Dairyville home
PAUL Southwell’s Dairyville house stood right in the path of the destruction.
The wind roared down a corridor between the trees towards the family home.
He said the powerful wind gusts “peeled” the tin roof back to the rafters.
State Emergency Service crews used tarpaulins to line the roof cavity, while the roofline was secured by ropes and is awaiting repairs.
“It hit with amazing force,” Mr Southwell said. “I could hear it coming as it rumbled down the hill. We had two windows opened and the wind roared through, pressurising the whole side of the house.
“A sliding door was lifted off the tracks and blown into my son Seth’s bedroom. Then the roof lifted, peeling it off.”
Fallen trees were strewn right along Dairyville Road.
Paddocks of two-metre-high grass were also flattened, indicating the wall of wind stretched from the ground to the tree tops.
The Dairyville end of Bindarri National Park looked like loggers were at work.
Fifteen-metre-high trees lay on their side, bulldozed by the sheer force of the storm.