Mini tornado hits Townsville

3pm: Rapid damage assessments in the Townsville area have recorded approximately 60 homes with varying degrees of roof damage. Of those, at least six houses suffered significant structural damage.

In the Garbutt industrial area, three to four large businesses sustained roof damage. 

Additional swift water rescue personnel are positioned in Mackay, Proserpine and Airlie Beach, with predictions of heavy rainfall moving further south in the coming days.

 UPDATE 11.30am: Firefighters are on the ground in Townsville conducting rapid damage assessments of properties damaged by this morning's storm gust.

A control point has been established and four teams of firefighters are currently surveying properties in Vincent and surrounding suburbs, photographing damage and gathering information to assist with coordinating the recovery process. 

Approximately 40 houses have been damaged, with around 25 homes losing their roofs.

Several commercial premises have also sustained substantial damage.

A flyover of the affected area also took place this morning in the Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Rescue Helicopter to assist with damage assessment and recovery coordination.  


9.15am: The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) has responded to approximately nine cases attributed to the storm, ranging from medical cases to cuts and abrasions.

Two of these cases required transport to hospital.


BREAKING 9am: Emergency Services are responding to reports of damaged houses after a mini tornado swept through Vincent near Townsville around 5.15am.

Approximately 25 to 30 houses have been damaged and there are reports that some houses have lost their roofs.

At 7am, the SES had received 38 calls for assistance in Townsville and more calls for assistance were expected.

Overnight, the SES received 155 calls for assistance.

The majority of these jobs were for tarping and sandbagging in the Townsville, Ingham, Tully, Innisfail and Cairns areas.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is reminding residents if it's flooded, forget it.

QFRS crews rescued nine people from seven vehicles caught between two flooded causeways on Gillies Range Road at Little Mulgrave, south of Cairns near Gordonvale.

Swift water rescue teams were called around 8.30pm and worked until 11pm to rescue the occupants.

Swift water rescue crews also rescued a man trapped on the tray of his ute in floodwaters at El Arish near Mission Beach around 2.30am.

The man was rescued around 5.50am.

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