A rare winter storm with "tornado-like" characteristics has damaged houses in the small town of Pratten in Southern Queensland last night.
Witnesses say the storm front was only about a hundred metres wide and has uprooted trees, powerlines down and there are at least six homes without roofs.
Cunningham polocrosse club president Andrew Burton says the club has lost a shed and the toilet block and the canteen has suffered a lot of damage.
"We've got a bit of damage here to fix up, we used to have a water tank there. It was brand new one actually and had no water in it and we hadn't been around to plumbing it up so it's disappeared somewhere up the paddock and we're just not sure where it is."
"The shed it was only a new shed probably a bit over 12 months old."
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18:04 EDT The weather bureau has urged residents in Queensland's Gulf to remain on cyclone alert as ex-Tropical Cyclone Gillian moves overland.