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Queensland storms: Roofs ripped off houses in Warwick, 20,000 properties left without power

Monday November 30, 2015 - 07:16 EDT
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Warwick was one of the areas hardest hit by severe thunderstorms. - ABC licensed

More than a dozen homes have lost their roofs and about 20,000 properties were left without power after very dangerous thunderstorms tore across south-east Queensland on Sunday afternoon.

The storms, which began out west in the afternoon before moving towards the coast in the early evening, dropped golf ball to egg-sized hail in the Brisbane suburbs of Rocklea, Acacia Ridge, Archerfield and Corinda, and more than 72 millimetres of rain in 30 minutes at Harrisville in the Scenic Rim.

Energex recorded 107,000 lightning strikes and power crews have worked through the night to restore electricity.

About 1,000 properties, mostly around Ipswich, were still without power early on Monday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for the south-east about 8:00pm — an hour after a second storm cell passed over the Brisbane CBD and surrounding regions.

Ipswich State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers received 101 calls for assistance, mostly around Goodna and Riverview.

Brisbane City SES crews reported 27 calls for assistance, mostly around Moggill.

The storms also caused major delays to the Ipswich/Rosewood train line.

In Warwick, west of the Gold Coast, the storms tore the roofs off more than a dozen houses.

Warwick Police Constable Ian Buckmaster said the storm was accompanied by wind gusts of more than 125 kilometres per hour.

"We have had lots of trees down across roads and powerlines ripped down as well," he said.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said the storms also brought down historic jacaranda trees near the Goodna pool.

"These trees were planted by work gangs during the Great Depression in 1932," he said on social media.

Severe storms also affected the northern New South Wales coast, with .


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