Severe thunderstorms lashing QLDBen McBurney, Friday October 18, 2013 - 17:31 EDT
Severe thunderstorms are raging through Queensland this afternoon bringing destructive winds, large hail and flash flooding.
The severe weather is being generated along a broad low pressure trough, with storms extending from the the Darling Downs right northwest into the state's Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders.
A particularly severe thunderstorm, likely to be a supercell, tracked from Toowoomba through until about Maleny, bringing some intense weather.
The storm ploughed through the town of Oakey on the Darling Downs head on, with wind gusts reaching 124km/h at about 2pm, and 20mm falling in just 10 minutes. Large hail was also reported.
Thunderstorms remain a risk this evening through the state, although a more stable high pressure ridge will push in overnight, making thunderstorms unlikely for all but the far north and west of the state tomorrow.
© Weatherzone 2013
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