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Australia Fears lightning may spark more NSW fires

19:00  25 november  2019
19:00  25 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Severe storms across Queensland could ignite more bushfires, Bureau of Meteorology warns

  Severe storms across Queensland could ignite more bushfires, Bureau of Meteorology warns Storms forecast for large areas of Queensland today may do more harm than good as firefighters enter their second week of the bushfire crisis. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Sam Campbell said a band of storms would reach from the Gulf of Carpentaria, through the northern interior, Roma, and across to Bundaberg and south to Brisbane.There is a chance some will become severe in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Maryborough, with possible large hail and damaging winds."Not a lot of rainfall is expected, but they could produce a lot of lightning," he said.

Lightning over field© Getty Lightning over field A night of severe thunderstorms has firefighters waiting to see if numerous lightning strikes have sparked more bushfires across the state.

"Not exactly what we wanted to see," the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted after the state was hit by a number of storms on Monday evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology tweeted a warning that severe thunderstorms were moving through the Newcastle and Port Stephens regions and are also expected to hit the Blue Mountains.

The BOM said while storms in the Sydney, Wollongong and Maitland areas had eased "the redevelopment of severe thunderstorms remains likely".

Severe storms across Queensland could ignite more bushfires, Bureau of Meteorology warns

  Severe storms across Queensland could ignite more bushfires, Bureau of Meteorology warns November 16, 2019. Properties destroyed by fire near Colo Heights, north west of Sydney on November 15. The Gospers Mountain fire has been downgraded from Emergency Warning level to Watch and Act as fire activity has eased around Colo Heights.The north of NSW will experience severe fire danger over the weekend amid hot, dry and windy weather. (AAP Video/Dan Himbrechts)

The RFS will investigate whether the evening's storms sparked more fires, after aircraft spent the day searching for new bushfires sparked by thunderstorms on Sunday night.

There were 80 fires burning across the state at 7pm on Monday, with 50 of them uncontained.

Earlier in the day, the RFS revealed while its building impact assessment teams are still assessing fire-affected areas across the state, so far 663 homes had been destroyed.

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To find out the latest on the NSW and QLD bushfires, please refer to:

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    Over 160 bushfires are burning across New South Wales after 100 'fresh fires' all started within a 24 hour period.More than 160 bushfires are burning across New South Wales after a host of fresh blazes were started in 24 hours.

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