WILD WIND BLOWS: Maryborough grandfather Bob McFie woke yesterday morning to find his garden shed collapsed.
WILD WIND BLOWS: Maryborough grandfather Bob McFie woke yesterday morning to find his garden shed collapsed. Rhianna Blacker

It was a tornado: BoM

THE Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed a freak wind that surged through Maryborough on Monday night was in fact a tornado.

Steel sheds, trees and garden equipment were all ripped from the ground, as the sudden storm tore through the city just after 7.30pm.

The area around Ambrose White St seems to have suffered the worst damage with nearly every home falling victim to the wind, but dozens of homes are believed to have been affected.

Witnesses described it as a “twister” or a “mini-tornado” – and BOM senior forecaster Tony Auden said they were right on the mark.

“It was probably what we call a ‘coldie’, which is a form of twister or a weak tornado,” Mr Auden said.

“They’re generally found in Perth and Adelaide during colder weather, but they do happen (in Queensland) from time to time.”

Residents of Neptune St, Christensen Cst, Farrell, Walton and Clayton streets also reported fallen trees, smashed windows and damaged properties.

The SES, tree loppers and council workers were kept busy yesterday cleaning up the worst-affected areas.

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