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Hail, wild winds sweep south-east Queensland, some Bundaberg homes damaged

Tuesday November 7, 2017 - 21:07 EDT
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A shed was picked up and tossed across a road in Bundaberg during the storm. - ABC licensed

Severe thunderstorms hit the southern Queensland coast on Tuesday afternoon, bringing hail and wild winds, with some houses in Bundaberg damaged and more than 26,000 residents losing power.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said there were reports of hail up to 4 centimetres at Kandanga, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and at Beaudesert, south of Brisbane, and hail up to 2 centimetres near North Lakes.

The BOM said there were 107-kilometre-per-hour wind gusts reported at Double Island Point on the Fraser Coast.

Bundaberg belted in storm

The severe storm that lashed the Bundaberg region toppled trees, damaged property and cut power supplies.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said there were multiple reports of damage to houses in Bundaberg and debris on the streets.

She said there were more than 100 jobs for State Emergency Service workers to attend to.

More than 26,000 Bundaberg residents have lost power.

"This means 60 per cent of customers in the Bundaberg depot area are affected and 50 per cent in the Gin Gin depot area," EnergyQ spokesman Rod Rehbein said.

He said repair crews were working to restore supplies, with about 90 reports of downed power lines.

Storm warning cancelled for south-east

At 5:30pm, BOM said the severe thunderstorm warning had been cancelled for south-east Queensland, which included areas east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe.

It said a more general severe thunderstorm warning remained current for the Capricornia and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett districts.

BOM said the situation would continue to be monitored and further warnings would be issued if necessary.

The Brisbane Airport Corporation said there had been delays to flights and passengers should check with their airlines.

Qantas said three flights had been delayed from taking off at Brisbane airport, but all of its scheduled flights had landed.

Planes were delayed at Brisbane airport for about an hour at the height of the storm.


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