SES volunteers and council crews will spend today cleaning up the last of the debris left by a freak storm in Gayndah.

It tore the roof off at least one home and left others badly damaged.

The rain and severe winds left as quickly as they came and lasted no more than 10 minutes.

North Burnett Regional Council chief executive and local disaster co-ordinator Mark Pitt said the thunderstorm had caused minor damage to businesses and sent a tree crashing into a campervan at Claude Wharton Weir.

A kindergarten in the centre of town also had a window blown in during the storm.

Mr Pitt said council crews had been working with the SES to waterproof the damaged homes and would continue the clean-up today.

Big seas washed sand from beaches in Hervey Bay and strong winds snapped trees on the Esplanade.

In Torquay, a sizeable bough blew on to powerlines and was left dangling until work crews could cut it down.

In Maryborough, thunder and rain hit about 2pm but lasted no more than an hour, topping up freshwater tanks.

Ergon Energy said yesterday about 1000 customers in Gayndah had lost power due to the storm, with power restored to most homes about 4pm.



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