The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned that highly dangerous storms are likely to hit several areas in Queensland on Tuesday, with more severe storms being forecast for the northern and eastern parts of the state.
The BOM has asked residents to prepare their homes for possible damaging and potentially destructive wind gusts, as well as “large to giant hailstones and heavy to intense rains”.
The warning comes at a time when severe storms pounded southeast Queensland last Sunday.
The system carried destructive winds moving at speeds of up to 93km/h accompanied with about 190,000 lightning strikes and heavy showers.
A man thought to be in his 30s was hit by a falling tree as the dangerous storm surged on at a private property situated at Karalee last Sunday afternoon.
According to the Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman, the man sustained head, chest and shoulder injuries.
Critical care paramedics rushed him to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The areas most affected by the storm include Karalee, Mount Cotton, Karana Downs and Victoria Point.
According to Kimba Wong, a senior BOM forecaster, 20-40mm of rainfall was received across Brisbane in a short period of time.
“The highest falls were 56mm at Luggage Point near the airport and the same for Brighton,” Ms Wong said.
“We had some reports of large hail — almost giant hail really — 4cm to 5cm hail around Oxley, 4cm hail around Victoria Point and 3cm to 4cm hail at Mount Cotton.”
A team from Energex started repairing the company’s network early Monday morning.
At some point, 33,000 households and businesses experienced a power outage, down to 1,400 on Monday morning.
Danny Donald, Energex’s spokesman told Storm Assist that the storm was a real “ripper” that brought down many lines in the Redland and on the outskirts of Ipswich.
Over 190,000 lightning strikes flashed during the dangerous storm with more than 200 powerlines being brought down, as per Energex’s reports.
“In one area we had every single wire pulled down for 10 power poles,” Mr Donald said.
“It was an absolute ripper, those winds were just picking up whole tree branches and just throwing them into power lines for hundreds of metres.”
The BOM has forecast a calmer Monday in Brisbane with some showers in the morning though more storms could be on the way, Ms Wong explained.
“From tomorrow into Wednesday we do have the chance of some severe storms in the area once again .. so always a good idea to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings over the next couple of days,” she said.
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