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Hail storm gives south-east Qld a short, sharp shock

By Courtney Wilson and staff, Friday October 18, 2013 - 19:17 EDT
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The broken remnants of a tree struck by lightning at Sunnybank that damaged eight houses today. - ABC
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Shards of wood flew over a wide area of Wana Street in Sunnybank when a tree was hit by lightning this afternoon. - ABC
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Hail over the green at the Crows Nest Bowls Club after today's storm that swept across the Darling Downs. - ABC licensed

Eight homes have been damaged by a lightning strike on Brisbane's south.

Severe thunderstorms have swept across the state's south, bringing hail, heaving rain and strong winds.

Emergency crews were forced to close Wana Street in Sunnybank, where lightning struck a tree shortly after 2:00pm (AEST), causing it to explode into shards of wood that damaged surrounding homes.



Power was cut to surrounding houses and more than 60 homes in the area will remain blacked out for several hours.

There has also been water damage to properties at Crows Nest and Oakey on the Darling Downs.

Bobby Connelly has lived in Oakey for 60 years.

"I have never seen a hail storm like it in 60 years," she said.

"We measured 49 millimetres of rain, and the hail is still lying around.

"Apparently it came into people's houses like it never has before. It was very heavy."

"My Jacaranda tree was looking very nice, and now all the flowers are gone!"



Crows Nest tourist association president Jeff Close says the town was blanketed in ice.

"Very heavy rain the gutters were running a banker, and the heavy was very very deep around the place," he said.

"It looked like not Christmas in July, it looked like Christmas in October."

Another Crows Nest resident, Chris Gould, says the storm was short, but sharp.

"I just got inside just before the storm hit," he said.

"It come over pretty black and then came down hard and copped a fair bit of wind.

"Then the rain come down hard and then the hail started pretty small and just got bigger and bigger and really came down for about 10 minutes."

A wind gust of more than 120 kilometres an hour was recorded in the nearby town of Oakey.

And there has been minor damage to some homes at Crows Nest.


- ABC

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