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Storms ring in the new year across QLD

Kim Westcott, Monday January 1, 2018 - 10:48 EDT

Destructive storms cells with a low pressure trough brought heavy rain, hail and gusty winds across several Queensland districts on the final day of the year.

One of the worst affected regions was Wide Bay and Burnett, with Hervey Bay picking up 55mm in the 24 hours to 9am Monday. Bundaberg also saw heavy falls, recording 51mm, of which 12mm fell in 10 minutes. Both Gayndah and Maryborough reported over 20mm of rain as well.

Parts of Capricornia also saw heavy rain. Gladstone picked up 45mm which represents nearly a third of their average January rainfall. Thangool saw 43mm of which nearly all of that fell in an hour.

For the Southeast Coast, falls were heaviest at Beaudesert (32mm) and Double Island Point (29mm).

A low pressure trough will linger across eastern QLD for several days, with several towns likely to start off 2018 with a good drink.

- Weatherzone

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