Townsville has been declared a disaster zone following a freak storm that left 60 homes and businesses with major structural damage, Premier Anna Bligh says.
Ms Bligh visited the hard-hit suburb of Vincent on Tuesday, hours after the storm tore roofs from dozens of homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines.
She said the army would be called in to help with the clean-up and many victims would be out of their homes for months.
Residents had been through a terrifying experience and it was very fortunate no lives had been lost, she said.
"These quiet suburban streets of Townsville have suffered a shocking and devastating event," Ms Bligh told reporters,
"Its force was obviously ferocious." Read More