The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned of impending wild thunderstorms along the Australian east coast and inland areas. Queensland has been battered with tennis ball-sized hailstones, with more expected as a series of powerful supercell thunderstorms track across the southeast parts of Queensland.
Dangerous thunderstorms occurred in the Great Dividing Range from the border of New South Wales to Wide Bay as well as the Sunshine Coast on Saturday before tracking to the coast in the afternoon, with more expected in the evening, the BOM has warned.
“The situation is volatile and continuing to change quickly,” a spokesman said. “Some of these storms are fast-moving and fast-forming, so people should consider whether they need to be outside or on the road at the moment.”
“These thunderstorms are a significant threat to property and life,” the bureau wrote on their tweeter handle.
Huge 14cm hailstones hit Logan, south Brisbane.
Hailstones of up to 7cm in diameter rained in Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and the city’s western parts.
“We don’t often see severe storms on this scale,” the meteorologist Lauren Pattie said. “For us to get a number of supercell thunderstorms all with large to giant hail, significant wind gusts, and the damage from that, across that wide area is exceptional.”
It’s reported that a roof collapsed in Logan with social media being awash with dozens of videos and pictures of smashed cars and homes.
Queensland Fire & Emergency Service received over 1,300 calls from residents seeking help. Trains moving from Nerang and Kuraby along the Gold Coast were cancelled due to fallen powerlines.
Energex said over 42,000 electricity consumers had no power.
Severe thunderstorm alerts were in place for Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Redland City, the Gold Coast as well as parts of Gympie and Ipswich, Somerset, the Scenic Rim, South Burnett and the Sunshine Coast.
Residents have been asked to move their vehicles undercover, stay indoors and fasten loose outdoor items.
A current severe thunderstorm alert is also in place for Burnett and Wide Bay, Southeast Coast as well as parts of Darling Downs and Capricornia and the forecast districts of Granite Belt.
The storms hit less than seven days after a two continuous days of storm unleashed a month’s worth of rainfall and caused flash flooding in some areas in the state including Brisbane.
Tennis ball-sized hailstones pounded the region on Tuesday through to Wednesday.
Beachmere neighboring Caboolture received 80mm of rainfall within an hour with 70mm of showers being received on the Upper Lockyer in Brisbane’s west.
Tiaro in Sunshine Coast’s north received 51mm within an hour, with 22mm of it recorded in just five minutes.
Some parts of the city experienced flash flooding as heavy storms hit the region on Tuesday, the wettest October day in Brisbane since 2010.
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