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Air, sea ports cop battering in Qld storms

AAP logoAAP 13/11/2016

Brisbane's air and sea ports are cleaning up after a storm packing wind gusts of almost 160km/h toppled stacks of shipping containers and blew planes around on the tarmac.

Port of Brisbane officials are meeting on Monday to plan the clean up, including the removal of about 100 shipping containers blown over during Sunday's storm.

The Bureau of Meteorology says one gust of 159km/h was recorded at Brisbane airport. A gust of that strength hasn't been recorded there for 30 years.

Brisbane airport is also assessing the damage after roaring winds tore roof panels from a car park and a hanger, pushed ground equipment into passenger aircraft, and left light planes skidding around on the tarmac.

"This storm, or mini-cyclone as it's been described, hit without warning and lasted about eight minutes," a Brisbane Airport Corporation spokeswoman told AAP.

"Some ground equipment flipped, stairs tipped over, stairs and things were pushed into aircraft."

She said one aircraft was damaged, and roofing panels had been torn from a car park and a QantasLink hangar.

Shade sails had also been torn down, along with trees that blocked roads in the airport precinct.

Wind gusts also moved light aircraft that were parked on the tarmac in the airport's general aviation area.

Airport officials are assessing the damage but say the disruption to flights was minimal.

"It could have been much worse. The airlines and airport staff did a great job keeping everyone safe," the spokeswoman said.

Sunday's storms also hit parts of the Sunshine Coast, including the Dickie Beach Holiday Park, north of Caloundra, were residents huddled in their vans as winds tore the roofs of some.

"It only lasted five minutes but it was just like a tornado going through," one park resident has told The Sunshine Coast Daily.

"The wind was swirling around and it took roofs off vans and brought trees down onto vans. It's done some serious damage."

A message on the park's answering service said the extreme weather event had caused "severe damage".

Roof and other damage was also reported at Gympie, north of Caloundra, where some spots copped hail the size of golf-balls.

Port of Brisbane chief operating officer Peter Keyte said most of the containers that blew over were empty.

Vessel movements aren't affected, but some delays are expected while the clean up is completed.

"Waterfront infrastructure, including container cranes, remain intact and operational," Mr Keyte said in a statement.

Some cars in vehicle storage areas were damaged by flying debris and some buildings and sheds sustained roof damage.

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