River Heads mini tornado - the clean up.
River Heads mini tornado - the clean up. Valerie Horton

Explained: How the mini tornado formed: BOM

A VERY unstable, sharp trough that developed in River Heads on Monday created the perfect conditions for a waterspout.

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex which occurs over a body of water but once it moves inland, it becomes known as a tornadic waterspout.

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Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Julian de Morton said the tornado in the Hervey Bay suburb would have formed from localised strong winds.

 

River Heads mini tornado - the clean up.
River Heads mini tornado - the clean up. Valerie Horton

"We don't have a lot of them in Queensland but do have them from time to time," he said.

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"But the ones that come off maritime waters are not as big as the classic tornadoes that you see in the US. However they can still be potentially quite dangerous."



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