Tornadoes strike in Queensland

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Farmers in the middle of harvest season have lost their crops and are now looking at huge financial losses. Photo credit: AAP

Super-cell storms and tornadoes have torn roofs from homes and destroyed crops, leaving a trail of destruction in southern Queensland.

Farmers in the middle of harvest season have lost their crops and are now looking at huge financial losses.

Residents who endured the tempest are in shock.

Leanne Geri, a resident of Tansey, said there is extensive damage at her property and she can't afford to replace her chicken sheds.

She estimates a loss of about AU$300,000.

"We are all okay. It's just, yeah, damage. And there's lots of trees down", she said.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the South Burnett region and other parts of the southeast took the brunt of three severe storms, two of them super-cell storms, with two tornadoes also sighted.

At Blackwater, in central Queensland, winds gusted to 144km/h, a wind speed associated with a category 2 cyclone.

The winds tore roofs off homes and businesses and hailstones as large as tennis balls destroyed wheat, barley, melon and stone fruit crops, downed power lines and cut roads.

Queensland Dairy Farmers group President Brian Tessman said the storm's fury at his Coolabunia farm was like nothing he'd ever seen, with winds tearing the roofs from his home and dairy.

About 9000 properties remain without power, down from 18,000 on Thursday, with dozens of extra crews sent to the region to repair the damage.

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