Storms damage buildings, spark firesTuesday January 15, 2013 - 10:50 EDT
A storm that ripped through north west Queensland overnight has damaged homes and a police barracks.
Craig Shefford from the Mount Isa District Disaster Management Group says the storm hit areas from Julia Creek to Camooweal and Dajarra about 9:00pm (AEST).
Wind damaged two houses and a tree fell on the police barracks at Dajarra.
Police are still assessing the damage in other areas.
In central Queensland storms brought much needed relief from the heat wave but lightning strikes sparked more grass fires.
Rockhampton reached 39 degrees yesterday, but the cool change means temperatures are likely to be 10 degrees lower today.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) says a fire broke out in the Fairbairn State Forest near Emerald overnight.
Crews are continuing to monitor fires burning near Mount Morgan and at Sandy Point near Yeppoon.
Both are under control and no property is threatened.
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
Eastern parts of New South Wales shivered under its coldest morning in eight years.
Rare snowfalls have blanketed the most unlikely parts of Tasmania, with farmers along the north-west coast waking up to white paddocks.
A new drought co-ordinator says the next round of drought concessional loans are 'on the cusp' of reopening and funding boosts will be announced for a list of service providers.