20 Mar 2012

'Terrifying' tornado rips though Townsville

1:49 pm on 20 March 2012

Houses have collapsed and roofs torn from buildings in what the Australian authorities describe as a terrifying mini-tornado.

Up to 40 houses have been damaged in the Queensland city of Townsville on Tuesday.

Heavy rain and strong winds have caused chaos across the north of the state, the ABC reports.

Police say there is major flooding in Cairns, Innisfail, Ingham, Townsville and Mackay.