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WATCH: Summer Storm Spawns Robust Gustnado Along Queensland Highway

As storms continue to rip through Australia during turbulent summer weather, a Queensland, Australia, storm spawned a large gustnado just off a local roadway on Thursday.

Spawned by winds flowing out from thunderstorms or showers, a gustnado is a shallow, ground-based vortex that often picks up dirt and debris as it rotates.

At times, gustnadoes can reach up to EF1 intensity with winds between 60 to 80 mph.

According to Meteorologist Mark Paquette, conditions at the time were set up to produce the phenomenon.

"It was humid as a cold front came through," he said. "Usually with a passage of a front there is wind shear and change in wind speed or direction going up in the atmosphere."