Australia Skies darken over Brisbane as storms sweep through southern Queensland
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Several storms are sweeping through Queensland, bringing rain, hail and lightning to a vast area from the Gold Coast to as far north as the Central Highlands.
The skies darkened over Brisbane late on Wednesday afternoon, as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned residents to take cover and secure their belongings.
As much as 40 millimetres of rain was forecast for the city, with warnings of hail as big as 5 centimetres further north between Redcliffe and Woodford.
Earlier, giant hailstones were reported further west, in Toogoolawah, according to BOM.
Rain and storm lashes southern Queensland with more forecast through the day
A line of storms stretching from Nanango to south of the border is moving slowly across south-east Queensland, after late-night storms swept across Boonah and Logan. Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster James Thompson said overnight storm activity was severe."Fifty-one millimetres [of rain] in half an hour overnight at Forestdale [in Logan] and then also some severe storms this morning out towards Oakey and Dalby as well," Mr Thompson said."Pretty active weather pattern today, but becoming much more stable through tomorrow."Mr Thompson said today would be "sort of like a Melbourne storm day where we could get hail".
The storms created havoc on the roads, with rain causing localised flooding in Brisbane at Woolloongabba, Moorooka and Salisbury, stranding several cars.
TransLink is reporting major disruptions on a number of train lines, due to a faulty overhead powerline.
Beenleigh, Cleveland and Gold Coast line trains have been suspended, and TransLink is warning of delays of up to 70 minutes as it organises alternative transport.
The RACQ urged motorists to stay off the road during the worst of the storms, but not to seek safety under any trees that could be brought down by heavy winds.
“If you are on the roads, turn your headlights on and pull over if conditions become too dangerous. These storms are very dangerous,” it advised in a Twitter post.
Storm activity to intensify along Queensland coast and hinterlands from tonight, BOM warns
Stormy weather with strong winds, hail and heavy rainfall will hit Queensland's northern tropics from late Monday, then intensify across the state's south-east from Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.Storm and shower activity across eastern Queensland is set to increase this week, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasting Tuesday and Wednesday as peak days.
More than 10,000 homes are without power in south-east Queensland.
A significant number of those outages are on the Sunshine Coast where a storm cell passed through about 6:00pm.
About 50 powerlines are also down across the south-east — the majority again on the Sunshine Coast.
Energex spokesman Rob Stork said there had been more than a 100,000 reported lightning strikes across the region and it was not safe enough for crews to go restore power.
"Once it is safe for our crews to be out there, rest assured they'll be out here getting the power back on as quickly and safely as they can," he said.
The BOM issued a number of warnings after 5:00pm for damaging winds, large hailstones, and heavy rainfall in a number of areas including Redland City and parts of Logan, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Brisbane City Council areas.
Thunderstorms near Cleveland, Nambour and northern Moreton Bay were moving east and would likely affect Maroochydore, Noosa and Eumundi in the early evening, BOM said.
A separate warning was issued for Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.
Rainfall could lead to flash flooding in a number of low-lying areas, the bureau added.
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