A THUNDERSTORM, described by some as a "mini-tornado", has ripped through Townsville, causing extensive damage.
Winds reached speeds up to 110 km/h.
Emergency services are reporting homes in Vincent were among the worst hit, with many losing roofs.
A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said the State Emergency Service had received 38 calls for help in the area.
"Our officers are describing it as a mini-tornado. We have reports of roofs off, power lines down," a police spokesman said.
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