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Wild storms rumble across South East Queensland, leaving thousands without power

Tuesday January 21, 2020 - 20:20 EDT
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There was enough hail at Beaudesert to fill a bucket. - ABC licensed

Severe thunderstorms have moved across parts of South East Queensland, bringing down powerlines and trees.

Energex said more than 18,000 customers were left without electricity across the region and crews were restoring supply.

The storms hit parts of Brisbane, the Scenic Rim, Moreton Bay, Logan, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast this afternoon.

Earlier warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have been cancelled.



There were wind gusts of 96 kilometres per hour at Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.

Small hail fell at Beaudesert south-west of Brisbane.



The storms swept in from the west on Tuesday afternoon.

On the Darling Downs, authorities were called to a home at William Street in Clifton, south of Toowoomba, after the roof was ripped off during a storm.

Live wires trapped a man and two children inside the house, but they were not injured.



The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said the State Emergency Service (SES) crews were on their way to install a tarp over the roof.



BOM forecaster Lauren Pattie said the storms had been fuelled by hot unstable air that had made it feel "".

"We got to a top of 30.9 degrees [Celsius] around the [Brisbane] city," she said.

"The dew points are really high — that's the amount of moisture in the air — so you walk out in the air and it feels really heavy.

"A dew point above 20 is considered very sticky and at the moment we're sticking around 24.9 and it's been like that all day."



Ms Pattie said the same weather system brought rain to other parts of the Queensland coast.

"We have had some moderate falls around the tropical coast thanks to a surface trough, which is sitting around Cairns and is not really shifting at all," she said.

"By the time we get to Friday, there's a lot of tropical moisture that comes to north-west Queensland."







QFES advises that people should:
Move your car under cover or away from trees.
Secure loose outdoor items.
Never drive, walk or ride through floodwaters. If it's flooded, forget it.
Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

















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