REPORTS of a tornado careering through Brisbane Airport as planes took off alarmed passengers on Friday. Witnesses posted images and videos of the weather event to social media.
No damage has been reported.
Higgins Storm Chasing posted footage on Facebook of what it claimed was a tornado near the airport which is located on the coast.
Witness Crystal Crosthwaite, 23, told news.com.au she first thought it was a fire “until it started to bend right in the sky”. She watched the scene from a distance at Pelican Park, “looking towards Brisbane Airport”, around 2pm.
“That’s when I got my phone out and started filming,” she said.
“It just kept twisting sideways and upwards until a wall of rain blocked the view.
“It was amazing to watch, I’m glad my 11 month old was still asleep in the back seat so I could watch.”
However a spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology said the system was more likely to be a weaker form of extreme weather called a "dust devil."
Earlier, the weather bureau issued a severe weather warning for Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology said it suspected the “tornado” was actually a landspout.
The difference between a landspout and a tornado is that tornadoes only occurred during a supercell storm.
Forecaster Jim Richardson said the landspout appeared to occur during a non supercell afternoon storm over the airport. Mr Richardson said such weather occurrences weren’t “unheard of” when there was instability and low moisture levels in the air.
Shortly after the sighting, the storm weakened and moved out to sea but not before leaving 3000 homes are without power.
News.com.au understand many witnesses sent footage to the weather bureau, claiming they had seen a tornado.
Others have posted to Twitter calling it a “dust devil” or “whirlwind”.