UPDATE: Natarsha Collins and her terrified young children huddled together and hoped for the best as ferocious winds battered their Maclagan home.

She tried to comfort her seven, five and three-year-old by comparing the intense situation to a scene from the Wizard of Oz.

Strong winds, which Mrs Collins likened to a tornado, tore sheets of iron from the roof of her and husband Syd's home about 7.45pm Monday.

A trail of destruction about 150m wide was yesterday visible in a clear line that came from behind a nearby ridge, past the Collins' house and into scrub at the entrance to their farm.

A machinery shed was flattened, water tanks were blown up to 1.5km away and large branches were broken from trees.

Natarsha and Syd Collins comfort their family dog Dozer after the shed (rear) in which he was tied up collapsed around him.
Natarsha and Syd Collins comfort their family dog Dozer after the shed (rear) in which he was tied up collapsed around him. Stuart Cumming

Mr Collins was working a night shift when the 15-minute frenzy unfolded.

"We had a little bit of wind then the wind got significantly heavier," Mrs Collins said.

"Then we had a big branch fly across our deck and take all of our furniture with it."

She and her children bunkered down in a room in the centre of the house which had no windows.

A water tank was blown 1.5km away from the house during the storm.
A water tank was blown 1.5km away from the house during the storm. Contributed

"The kids were terrified."

Sheets of iron were blown from the roof, allowing rain to drench the two main living areas of the home.

"There is significant water damage throughout."

Mr Collins rushed home from work after getting a call from his distressed spouse.

When the wind settled, everyone emerged uninjured.

This included the family dog Dozer, who was tied up in the machinery shed which collapsed.

He was found hiding underneath a ute which had taken the impact of the falling structure.

Police and State Emergency Service volunteers worked into the night to secure the home.

A house on the Darling Downs has been destroyed by what locals described as a "possible tornado".

Syd Collins inspects a machinery shed which was blown over in the storm.
Syd Collins inspects a machinery shed which was blown over in the storm. Stuart Cumming

EARLIER: A house on the Darling Downs has been destroyed by what locals described as a "possible tornado".

Higgins Storm Chasing reports that the tornado hit Peranga, about 77km north-west of Toowoomba, about 7.30pm.

It was caused by a severe squall line of storms that moved through the area from the west.

One resident from Maclagan, which is near Peranga, reports widespread damage to their property.

"(We've) lost sheds, tanks, play fort, cubbyhouse, half the roof off (our) house and a lot of fences.

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"There are still tanks (we) haven't located as yet."

The storms also delivered strong winds and heavy hail to much of the Darling Downs.

The State Emergency Service was called out to two homes north-west of Oakey damaged during last night's storms.


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