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Video: Trail of destruction left by whirlwind storm

UPDATE: The whirlwind storm that has been described as a mini tornado has moved on as quickly as it arrived.

But it has left a trail of destruction.

The storm was in full force by 3pm Monday afternoon but was gone within the hour.

There are reports of water in shopping centres, trampolines flying over fences and a power line that caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Trampolines flew everywhere at Riverstone Rise. Photo Contributed
Trampolines flew everywhere at Riverstone Rise. Photo Contributed Photo Contributed

EARLIER: An intense weather pattern has created a hail storm at Wurdong Heights in Gladstone as the system heads north to Benaraby.

Following the humid conditions over the weekend the Bureau of Meteorology predicted temperatures would drop but could bring an increase in storm activity. 

Meanwhile, Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy are experiencing some light sprinkles of rain but no heavy showers.

Reef 2 Beach shop owner Wayne "Grom" Mellick said Agnes Water wasn't very wet.

"We don't have blue sky but we've got a big cloud heading into Gladstone," he said.

"There are a couple of sprinkles of rain here and it's been warm."

Topics:  editors picks, gladstone weather, hail, storm




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