Freak storm lashes north Queensland
IT knocked over tables, destroyed yards and just as quickly - it was gone. A wild storm lashed Townsville overnight and another is forecast for today.
About 7am a huge system approached Townsville from the south.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe storm warning for damaging winds.
The dark cloud massed over Mount Stuart and the storm broke over the city.
Restaurant customers and business owners on Palmer St scrambled for cover as the strong winds blew items across the street.
One resident, Amy Louise, took cover in the toilets at the top of Castle Hill as the fast-moving system moved over the city.
More than 1000 homes lost power Rangewood, Douglas and Burdell lost power, but it was quickly restored by Ergon crews.
A flight to Townsville from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport was diverted to Cairns but later returned to Townsville.
Bureau forecaster Adam Woods said the storm was caused by an upper trough and general instability in the lower Burdekin.
"There is a chance of another storm this afternoon," he said.
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