More severe storms predicted for southern Queensland with large hail, wild winds



December 22, 2018 09:52:47

More severe thunderstorms are forecast for parts of Queensland this afternoon, with the possibility of damaging winds and large hail stones from the Gold Coast to the Wide Bay region.

After a day of scorching temperatures, the storms on Friday night prompted almost 200 calls for help to the State Emergency Service (SES), for trees down and tiles off roofs, with 141 requests coming from the Gold Coast.

More than 45,000 homes lost power in Logan, the Scenic Rim and the Gold Coast at the height of yesterday’s storm activity.

Energex is still working to restore power to almost 24,000 properties, mostly in the Gold Coast hinterland and Beaudesert.

Wind gusts of up to 95 kilometres per hour were recorded at Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba and the SES said at least two homes at Kalbar, west of Boonah, lost roofs.

Kalbar resident Sara Watson said yesterday’s storm was the worst she had seen.

“The first 15 minutes was so scary; a historical greenhouse with all white timbers, that’s completely smashed down — it’s been up for about 110 years,” she said.

At Aratula, two people suffered minor injuries from a falling tree.

Hail possible this afternoon

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Jess Gardner said a southerly change was moving up the coast today and likely to trigger severe storms for the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Wide Bay region.

“It’s looking like all the ingredients are there and there’s the possibility for hail,” she said.

“It is possible that we could get some severe storms, so we’re looking at some possible damaging wind gusts, possible large hail, so we would definitely urge people to keep an eye on warnings.”

Ms Gardner said it would also be hot again today, but temperatures are set to moderate from Sunday.

She said unlike yesterday’s storms, today’s activity was forecast to produce cooler temperatures.

“With the southerly change, while it’s bringing storms through today for the south-east, behind it, it’s got a much cooler and much more stable air mass, so we will see so those temperatures drop around Brisbane,” she said.

“We should see them drop tomorrow, so [we are] expecting temperatures in the high 20s rather than the mid-30s.

















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