WILD WEATHER: Thunder and lightening lashed areas of the Whitsundays on several occaions over the past week
Photo Kasey Vella
WILD WEATHER: Thunder and lightening lashed areas of the Whitsundays on several occaions over the past week Photo Kasey Vella

First storms hit Whitsundays

MANY Whitsunday residents have been affected by a wave of storms that hit the region over the past week.

While many have been woken up by the sounds of thunder and lightning at night, a storm that hit on Tuesday afternoon left 260 customers without power between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.

The weather also proved a headache for Lions market stall operators who were set up to welcome the guests of the two cruise ships moored in the waters of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.

There were 47 stall holders at the markets to welcome the tourists - a record number.

Lions secretary Coral Salmon said this all changed when the storm hit, forcing the markets to be shut down for the day.

"There was a lot of damage," she said.

"A lot of the gazebos and tents were damaged and lifted off the ground.

"Quite a lot of stall holders had goods damaged and most of them had to pack up."

Mrs Salmon said the storm brought a disappointing end to what was, up until then, a great day.

"It was such a great pity. There was so many tourists around," she said.

"The market was pretty well packed with visitors. No one was prepared for the wildness at all."

Daydream Island also experienced minor damage.

Daydream Island resort manager Warren McCorriston said the island experienced strong winds and heavy rain causing vegetation damage with one tree being uprooted.

Senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel Dick Whittaker said the storm activity was caused by a low pressure trough in the region.

He said Whitsunday residents could expect finer weather over the next few days with showers expected from Sunday onwards.


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