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Australia Wild storm sees a Kmart roof collapse forcing shoppers to be evacuated

05:01  13 may  2021
05:01  13 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Shoppers had to be evacuated when the roof of a Kmart store started to cave in as golf-ball sized hailstones and over 100,000 lightning strikes smashed parts of southeast Queensland overnight.

Footage uploaded to social media by one panicked shopper shows large sections of the ceiling collapsing at opposite ends of the Maroochydore store at Sunshine Plaza, with huge amounts of water gushing to the floor over exposed electrical wires.

Frightened customers are seen making their way out the discount chain at about 5:30pm on Wednesday, with one woman making a narrow escape.

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Over 100,000 lightning strikes smashed Brisbane (pictured) and parts of southeast Queensland overnight © Provided by Daily Mail Over 100,000 lightning strikes smashed Brisbane (pictured) and parts of southeast Queensland overnight graphical user interface, text, application: The Bureau of Meteorology sent out emergency text to residents living in the Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane, warning those nearby to take shelter © Provided by Daily Mail The Bureau of Meteorology sent out emergency text to residents living in the Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane, warning those nearby to take shelter

'It was terrifying honestly,' a shopper named Kelsey told Yahoo News.

'At first we thought "oh well just a bit of water" but after the ceiling collapsed, it could have fallen right on top of us if we were only another metre to the left.

'It was definitely an unexpected shock to the system!'

At about the same time, another harrowing ordeal was playing out on the Sunshine Coast with a family trapped in their car for almost two hours after a tree was uprooted.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were called to in Arundell Ave in Nambour at about 6pm where they found a tree and powerlines strewn over the vehicle.

Fire crews with the help of specialists from power provider Energex were able to secure the scene and remove the occupants without any injuries.

The southeast region of Queensland was battered last night by a low-pressure system bringing damaging winds, large hailstones, heavy rain and flash flooding in some parts.

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The Bureau of Meteorology sent out emergency text to residents living in the Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane, warning those nearby to take shelter.

'BoM Emergency Announcement - the storms impacting the region are VERY DANGEROUS. Do NOT drive. TAKE SHELTER immediately,' the warning said.

Some of the worst-hit areas included Esk, Toogoolawah, Mt Mee and Biarra, where giant hailstones was reported.

Heavy winds and over 100,000 lightning knocked down power lines in some areas leaving about 11,000 homes without power.

Energex is currently working to restore the power grid, along with State Emergency Serves.

a hand holding an egg: Giant hail the size of golf balls pelted over Toowoomba on Tuesday (pictured) as severe storms lash south-Queensland and north-east New South Wales © Provided by Daily Mail Giant hail the size of golf balls pelted over Toowoomba on Tuesday (pictured) as severe storms lash south-Queensland and north-east New South Wales a close up of some water: More hail is expected to strike from Wide Bay down to Bundaberg. Pictured: A Toowoomba back © Provided by Daily Mail More hail is expected to strike from Wide Bay down to Bundaberg. Pictured: A Toowoomba back

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Leaky roofs and fallen trees in the Greater Brisbane and Sunshine Coast areas made up the bulk of the callouts.

BoM forecaster Jake Phillips said the weather event was uncommon for this time in Autumn.

'It's due to the combination of having a relatively significant amount of humidity around for this time of year, and also a very powerful upper level system moving through,' he said.

While the dangerous weather conditions have subsided, a cold snap is now expected to roll in across Australia's east coast, bringing cool, dry conditions to NSW and Queensland this weekend.

a person wearing a wet suit in the rain: Pictured: A pedestrian tries to shelter from the rain in Sydney after heavy rain lashed the east coast of Australia last week © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: A pedestrian tries to shelter from the rain in Sydney after heavy rain lashed the east coast of Australia last week map: The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning on Wednesday that thunderstorms are possible across the entire east coast of Australia © Provided by Daily Mail The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning on Wednesday that thunderstorms are possible across the entire east coast of Australia

WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

Sydney

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Max23

Friday: Sunny. Min12 - Max 20

Saturday: Becoming windy. Mostly sunny. Min 10 - Max 18

Sunday: Sunny. Min 8 - Max 18

Melbourne

Thursday: Afternoon showers. Max 18

Friday: Showers increasing. Min 8 - Max 14

Saturday: Showers easing. Min 8 - Max 13

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 7 - Max 16

Brisbane

Thursday: Cloud clearing. Max 26

Friday: Sunny. Min 13 - Max 24

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Saturday: Sunny. Min 12- Max 24

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 11 - Max 21

Darwin

Thursday: Sunny. Max 34

Friday: Sunny. Min 21 - Max 33

Saturday: Sunny. Min 21 - Max 33

Sunday: Sunny. Min 21 - Max 33

Hobart

Thursday: Afternoon showers. Max 17

Friday: Shower or two. Min 5 - Max 12

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 4 - Max 11

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 5 - Max 14

Perth

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Max 21

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 - Max 24

Saturday: Cloudy. Min 15 - Max 24

Sunday: Cloudy. Min 15 - Max 24

Adelaide

Thursday: Showers, mostly morning. Max 17

Friday: Possible shower. Min 10 - Max 17

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 10 - Max 17

Sunday: Shower or two . Min 8 - Max 17

Canberra

Thursday: Morning fog. Mostly sunny day. Max 18

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 4 - Max 13

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 2 - Max 11

Sunday: Morning frost. Mostly sunny. Min -4 - Max 12

Source: Bureau of Meteorology Australia

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