Queenslanders are being urged to prepare for storm season after an intense cell brought record-breaking rain and a swathe of destruction to the city of Bundaberg.
More than 340mm fell on the Wide Bay region on Monday, causing flash flooding and breaking a 64-year record by more than 60mm.
Residents described cyclone-like winds that downed trees and power lines, smashed windows and wrapped trampolines around power poles.
Acting Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Anthony Lynham said the devastating event had resembled a “mini-tornado” in some parts.
“Some of the damage is quite significant,” he said in Bundaberg on Tuesday, as the community rallied to clean up the area.
“I’m pleased to say there have been no injuries, but there has been three houses inundated and over 20 houses with minor damage.”
SES volunteers spent Monday night responding to almost 200 calls for help, while Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews helped people who had lost their roofs.
Ergon worked to restore power to more than 4000 homes.
State disaster co-ordinator Peter Martin said Bundaberg residents also deserved “very special praise” for heeding the weather warnings.
Mr Martin said that was the reason there weren’t any deaths or more significant damage.
“No community can withstand over 300mm of rain in a very short period of time without suffering some impaction,” he said.
“We really need to be vigilant, we really need to be prepared and we really need to heed the warnings and the lessons.”
Mr Lynham urged people across Queensland to prepare themselves for the upcoming storm and cyclone season.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services chief superintendent Michelle Young also asked people in the Bundaberg area to stay off the roads while the clean-up continued.
“It’s just causing more problems,” she said.
Conditions eased across Wide Bay on Tuesday as the weather system moved off the coast, with less than 1mm of rain recorded at Bundaberg Airport by late afternoon.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Julian De Morton told AAP isolated showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue on Wednesday, but should ease from Thursday.
Falls of more than 250mm were recorded in communities between Bundaberg and Maryborough, while the system brought welcome falls to parts of the southeast.
The inland town of Roma also experienced minor flooding.