The storm of a lifetime

A local couple were recently caught in a massive storm while holidaying in Bundaberg in Queensland.

UPROOTED: Young resident Roy Jerrim's photos of the aftermath of the storm in Bundaberg Queensland. Photos: Roy Jerrim.

UPROOTED: Young resident Roy Jerrim's photos of the aftermath of the storm in Bundaberg Queensland. Photos: Roy Jerrim.

Roy Jerrim and his wife were holidaying in the iconic Queensland town when it was hit with what locals have called the worst storm in the city’s history.

Mr Jerrim and his wife were holidaying and visiting family and friends in the area with their caravan when the storm hit.

“At the time the storm hit I was visiting with a friend,” Mr Jerrim said.

“The storm came over pretty quick and I wasn’t sure if I could make it back (to the caravan) with the strong winds.”

The local couple had lived in the area for 12 years previously and had previous experience with storms and cyclones in the area.

“I’ve never seen anything like this one,” he said.

When Mr Jerrim arrived back at the caravan after having to avoid fallen trees and powerlines he said his wife was very upset and scared.

The awning on the couple’s caravan was destroyed in the storm.

“In such a short time it was replaced through John Dunk insurance.”

Mr Jerrim said he had only had the caravan insured with the agency for a couple of weeks and it was repaired within three days by a company in Bundaberg.

“At one stage the powerline across the road was just hanging above the bitumen when a car came along and drove around it,” he said.

“My friend got up and called the power company, a couple of weeks later he received a $150,000 cheque in the mail.”

Over 27,000 properties were left without power after the non-cyclonic storm hit the area early in November.

There were reports the city received over 98km/h winds and nearly 40mm of rain in the 24 hour period.

Hail pelted the region and full grown trees were uprooted with the damage and destruction left in the wake of the storm devastating to some locals.