Clean up begins after wild storms rip through Brisbane

UPDATE – 8amCLEAN up efforts are underway in Brisbane this morning after a storm that has been described as the worst in 30-years ripped through the city.

Golf ball sized hail, wild winds and torrential rains hit the city yesterday afternoon, with the Army now called in by Premier Campbell Newman to assist with damage control.

Around 60-thousand homes are still without power in the southeast this morning, after extensive damage to overhead powerlines.


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On the Gold Coast along, 12-hundred homes are without power after we received some of the wild weather too.

These are mainly in Benowa, Bundall, Broadbeach Waters and Palm Beach.

Energex says they’re hoping to have everything fixed by this afternoon.

Glass was shattered, as well as trees and powerlines thrown around the roads, with the SES receiving thousands of calls for help.

At some schools, damage was so devastating that they will remain closed until Monday.

5.30PM: AN unprecedented 82,000 homes and businesses are without power this evening after a very dangerous thunderstorm obliterated Brisbane.

The city’s CBD was bashed by hailstones larger than golf balls, destructive winds and torrential rainfall after a ferocious storm moved north through the area from about 4pm. 

There are widespread reports of flash flooding, trees being torn from the ground and cars being damaged.

A 141km/h wind gust tore through southern suburbs, flipping light planes onto their roof at Archerfield Airport.

Residents are also reporting windows smashing out of their homes and houses losing their roof on Fleurs St, Woolloongabba and Scott Rd, Herston.

This video of the Brisbane CBD being pelted by large hail filmed and uploaded to Facebook by Soner Ekerbicer.

STORM - max futcher

PICTURE: Max Futcher

HAIL Josh Bavas

PICTURE: Josh Bavas

STORM - Brad Schultz

PICTURE: Brad Schultz

PLANE - Belinda Sanders

PICTURE: Belinda Sanders

HAIL - Kate Isles

PICTURE: Kate Isles

Hail Brisbane CBD

PICTURE: Jameson Honeywood

STORM - Tegan George

PICTURE: Tegan George

STORM -  Steve Newman

PICTURE: Steve Newman

3.53PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING – SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in the Ipswich, Logan, Brisbane and parts of the Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:50pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Jimboomba and Tamborine.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north and are forecast to affect Greenbank and Redbank Plains by 4:20pm and Brisbane CBD and Ipswich by 4:50pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

For tips on staying safe this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:55 pm.

3.52PM: (General) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich and Caboolture.

2.52PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in the Scenic Rim and parts of the Logan, Southern Downs and Gold Coast Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:55pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Maroon Dam.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north and are forecast to affect Beaudesert and Mount Tamborine by 3:25pm and Boonah and Jimboomba by 3:55pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

2.49PM: (General) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Boonah, Beenleigh, Canungra, and Beaudesert. 

2.40PM: LIGHTNING has been detected shooting out ahead of the main storm front and striking suburbs west of the M1, including Nerang. 

Gold Coasters have been told not to be fooled by safety of the calm, blue skies with rapid storm development occurring on radar.

2.25PM: A HAIL core has been detected on weather radar over Beechmont – 17km west of Mudgeeraba. 

The next Severe Thunderstorm Warning is due to be issued by 2:55pm.

2.15PM: A SEVERE thunderstorm heading for Mudgeeraba appears to have lost its intensity on weather radar before shifting towards Beechmont. 

At 1.55pm, the weather bureau issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the City of Gold Coast, advising damaging wind, heavy rain and large hailstones were likely.

It was forecast to hit Numinbah Valley and Little Nerang Dam by 2:25pm and Mudgeeraba by 2:55pm.

1.55PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in parts of the City of Gold Coast and Scenic Rim Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:55pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Springbrook and the NSW border.

They are forecast to affect Numinbah Valley and Little Nerang Dam by 2:25 pm and Mudgeeraba by 2:55 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

See below for a more general severe thunderstorm warning which is also current for the City of Gold Coast.

1.54PM: (General) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in parts of the Southeast Coast.

The Bureau advises severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include City of Gold Coast, Beenleigh, and Springbrook.

1.30PM: THE Gold Coast is on storm watch, with showers and thunderstorms forecast to sweep overhead this afternoon.

The Bureau has forecast a “very high” chance of showers today and says thunderstorms are “likely”. 

Forecasters are tipping anywhere up to 25mm to fall across the city.

We’ll keep you updated throughout the afternoon.

For tips on staying safe this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail. The Bureau of Meteorology will only issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning if any of the following is expected;

  • Damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more)
  • Large hail (2cm diameter or more)
  • Very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding)
  • Tornadoes

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