A severe storm lashed Queensland's Wide Bay coast yesterday, leaving flooded roads, fallen trees and downed powerlines in its wake.

More than 310mm of rain fell in Bundaberg, including 75mm in a single hour yesterday afternoon.

The heavy rain caused flooding in low lying areas and left large amounts of surface water on the roads, creating havoc for motorists who quickly became stranded when streets were cut off.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews received more than 90 calls for assistance as swirling wind gusts downed powerlines ripped roofs off houses.


State Emergency Service volunteers helped people with minor house flooding and other damage as more than 5000 homes lost power.

One Bundaberg woman said the wind gusts looked like a "mini tornado" and caused significant damage to her home.

"It shook the whole house, there's damage everywhere and I saw a trampoline in the middle of the road," she said.