Shocking images as animals caught in storm
AS farmers assess the damage from yesterday's widespread hail storms, it's not just crops that have been damaged. Animals caught out in the weather also copped a pounding.
The Nanango Veterinary Surgery has shared photos on Facebook of a horse left covered in welts from hail and with his eyes damaged after being hit.
"This poor guy at Coolabunia is covered in welts from the hail and has corneal ulceration from hail hitting his eyes. Please check your animals closely for wounds and pay particular attention to eyes," the surgery's post said.
The surgery said it would have a vet at Booie, east of Kingaroy, today stitching up some horses.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the South Burnett region and other parts of the southeast
copped the brunt of three severe storms, two of them super-cell storms, with two tornadoes also sighted.
State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklinton said many farmers in her electorate of Nanango suffered enormous losses, having endured similarly devastating storms on Boxing Day last year.
"The human side of this is that people will lose their jobs today because there is no fruit left to pick," she told AAP.
"This was a huge storm. Many homes will be unliveable. For the farmers in particular, the people who've just got roofs back on after Boxing Day, this is just so sad."
Sandra Jaschke told the ABC there is extensive damage at her property, with the winds destroying a large carport, her laundry and a pump house, and an old abattoir on a property next door.
Teresa Francis said she lost fruit crops, with damage to her Kumbia orchard put at $2 million.
"It knocks you down. I've stopped crying but there's worse things that can happen. We are still all OK," she told the broadcaster.
About 9000 properties remain without power, down from 18,000 yesterday, with dozens of extra crews sent to the region to repair the damage.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said farmers are facing a long period of recovery.
"The hail was simply intense when it fell. It was very very prolific. It simply shredded the ears of wheat and barley that was out there to be harvested," he told the ABC.