The BoM said the funnel cloud was captured by a webcam at Brisbane Airport as a supercell thunderstorm swept through.
This comes as a severe weather warning has been issued for parts of the Gold Coast, with residents warned to brace for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain.
“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Hope Island, South Stradbroke Island and Coomera,” it said.
“These thunderstorms are slow moving. They are forecast to affect waters off South Stradbroke Island by 12:40 pm.
“Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.”
Photographer Marty Watson also captured today’s tornado as it formed over Lomadra Drive.
He said the weather event was initially calm before violent winds picked up.
“I saw this developing right in our car park,” he told 9News.com.au.
“I grabbed my video because it’s something you don’t see everyday. Initially it was calm as it formed. It didn’t quite touch down in the car park though as it went over our building.
“The wind became fairly violent within 20 seconds though and the rain and hail was smashing us,” he said.
“Luckily there doesn’t appear to be any car damage but the building leaked a bit.”
The tornado came after the BoM issued a severe thunderstorm warning for people in parts of Brisbane City Council Area this morning, explaining “very dangerous thunderstorms” were detected near Brisbane Airport and Mud Island.
“Intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely,” it said.
The storm warning was cancelled shortly after midday.