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Hail storm in Queensland hotspot leaves streets covered in snow and rips roofs from buildings 

Bizarre spring storms have lashed Queensland’s coast, with snow-like hail covering the streets and wild winds uprooting trees and tearing apart buildings.

Residents of Bundaberg, 350 kilometres north of Brisbane, were shocked to discover their backyards covered in ice, which also blanketed cars and roofs.  

Families were forced to barricade themselves inside as the storm tore through the region on Sunday afternoon. 

Bizarre spring storms have lashed Queensland’s coast, with snow-like hail covering the streets of an idyllic tourist hotspot

The roof of a Council workshop was torn loose and thrown into a neighbouring property

The roof of a Council workshop was torn loose and thrown into a neighbouring property

The roof of a Council workshop was torn loose and thrown into a neighbouring property, Bundaberg Regional Council posted on Facebook.

Large sections of the metal roof landed 50 metres from the workshop and narrowly missed a house nearby.

‘Shops were flooded, powerlines and trees brought down and trees stripped of foliage,’ the Council’s Facebook post read.

‘The small hail appeared almost snow like as it covered streets and properties.’

Council workers, SES volunteers and emergency services are working to deal with the situation.

Manager of the Grand Bundaberg Hotel, Sean Docherty, told The Courier Mail that the storm was ‘cyclone-like’.

Families were forced to barricade themselves inside as the storm tore through the region on Sunday afternoon

Families were forced to barricade themselves inside as the storm tore through the region on Sunday afternoon

Large sections of the metal roof landed 50 metres from the workshop and narrowly missed a house nearby

Large sections of the metal roof landed 50 metres from the workshop and narrowly missed a house nearby

He said that the main street of the town reminded him of a winter wonderland.

More than 3000 homes in the area lost power following the wild weather.

Forecaster from the Bureau of Meteorology, Gabriel Branescu, warned earlier in the week that the upcoming storms could have been quite severe for the region.

The spring storms are due to ease up on Monday, but Mr Branescu said that this type of weather isn’t uncommon for the time of year.  

Council workers, SES volunteers and emergency services are working to deal with the situation

Council workers, SES volunteers and emergency services are working to deal with the situation

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