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Queensland weather: Storms, golf ball-sized hail whip through state's south east

Friday October 27, 2017 - 19:52 EDT
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A shed housing vintage cars and motorbikes near Toowoomba was torn apart in the storm. - ABC

Parts of south-east Queensland were hit by what the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) described as "pretty significant" storms that brought golf-ball-sized hail to the Darling Downs overnight.

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Toowoomba seemed to have been hit the hardest, with wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour and golf ball-sized hail recorded in some areas.

Susan Denny said after 10 minutes of hail and rain, the sky went white at her Withcott property near Toowoomba.



"We couldn't see anything, there was just 20 seconds of deafening noise," she said.

She and her partner, Fraser Coutts, did not realise their shed had been damaged until they went outside and saw part of it in the neighbour's tree.

Inside the shed was approximately $200,000 worth of vintage cars, motorbikes and other equipment, including a Ferrari, an MG and a Renault.

"I'm just glad no-one was inside the shed".

A trampoline also ended up wrapped around a tree despite Susan securing it before the storm hit.

About 15,000 homes lost power and 70,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the state's south-east region.

There were warnings of strong winds earlier in the day, but these were downgraded later on Thursday evening.



BOM senior forecaster Sam Campbell said the storms were "pretty significant" but rainfall had been fairly moderate.

"The storms were moving so quickly that we didn't actually see them linger at any particular point for very long, so rainfall totals were very modest," he said.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) said a woman aged in her 20s was taken to Robina Hospital on the Gold Coast in a stable condition as a precaution after a reported lightning strike at a private residence.

"She was reported to have been using a mobile phone that was charging at the time of the lightning strike," a QAS spokesperson said.

The QAS also said a man was taken to hospital as a precaution in Highland Park on the Gold Coast after he felt the effects of a lightning strike while touching a metal object.


- ABC

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