ROOFS have been torn off home and powerlines have been brought down after a severe thunderstorm smashed through southeast Queensland on Tuesday.
The small town of Fernvale, west of Brisbane, looked to have been hit the hardest, with some local residents describing it was the most terrifying storm they have seen in years.
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The storm lasted only 15 to 30 minutes but it hit with a ferocious force.
The Bureau of Meteorology reported hail up to five centimetres in diameter hit Fernvale, while strong winds damaged homes.
According to some meteorologists, damage around Fernvale was consistent with winds up to 150km/h.
Large hail was also reported in nearby communities, including Rosewood.
It’s believed the State Emergency Services had taken more than 50 calls for help, with all bar one in the Fernvale area.
Energex reported about 4000 homes had lost power last night.
Of these 1713 were in the Somerset region, 150 on the Sunshine Coast and 2049 in the Moreton Bay area.