Thousands without power after severe storms

 

Thousands of homes are without power and some parts of southeast Queensland have been hit by flash flooding during a second day of dangerous thunderstorms.

Six severe thunderstorms are currently active across Queensland, with Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Caloundra, Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast under direct threat.

Brisbane has just been hit by a second day of torrential rainfall while the Gold Coast is currently being hit by a dangerous storm cell delivering a dramatic downpour.

Severe thunderstorms are being tracked near Beenleigh, Cleveland, Rainbow Beach and the area south of Toowoomba.

They are forecast to affect Southport, South Stradbroke Island and Helidon by 4.05pm and Laidley, Gatton and Grandchester by 4.35pm.

Thousands of lightning strikes have been recorded across the region, with a stunning photograph from Hayley Clotworthy at Logan capturing how intense and potentially deadly some of the strikes have been.

Power has been cut to more than 2000 homes and businesses across the Sunshine Coast according to Energex.

The outages include Beerwah, Booroobin, D'Aguilar, Kilcoy, Mt Kilcoy, Obi Obi, Peachester, Wamuran and Woodford.

Earlier at 2.15pm, the Bureau of Meteorology warned of very dangerous thunderstorms near Kilcoy, northern Lake Wivenhoe, Somerset Dam, Lake Somerset and Mount Kilcoy.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast.

"Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Caboolture, the area southwest of Caloundra, Peachester, Landsborough, Crohamhurst and Maleny by 2.40pm and Maroochydore, Caloundra, waters off Caloundra, waters off Maroochydore, waters off Bribie Island and northern Bribie Island by 3.10pm.

"Damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding are likely."

Earlier at 1.20pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area south of Toowoomba, the area northeast of Kingaroy, Blackbutt, Yarraman, Murgon, Cherbourg and Toogoolawah.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast," BOM warns.

"They are forecast to affect Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy, Lake Somerset, Mount Kilcoy, Linville and Elgin Vale by 1.50pm and Laidley, Gatton, Jimna, Mount Mee, Wamuran and Woodford by 2.20pm."

Earlier at 12.15pm, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Gympie and South Burnett council areas.

It warns that "severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar southwest of Mt Joseph.

"Thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.

"They are forecast to affect the area north of Goomeri, the area south of Biggenden and the area north of Kilkivan by 1.15pm.

The wild weather yesterday flooded streets and train tracks, collapsed roofs and left thousands without power.

Stranded commuters in Longlands Street, Woolloongabba. Picture: Instagram
Stranded commuters in Longlands Street, Woolloongabba. Picture: Instagram

 

Sunshine Coast rail lines and Brisbane streets were flooded yesterday afternoon - cancelling trains and causing major congestion - as "supercells" dumped up to 80mm of rain in under an hour on parts of the southeast.

The "very dangerous storms" brought mini "twisters" to Warwick, and felled the roof of a unused commercial building in Moreton Bay.

There were also reports of large hail on the Sunshine Coast and flash-flooding in the Western Downs region, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning that the intense rainfall could lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding.

 

A mini ‘twister’ at Warwick yesterday. Picture: Chris McFerran
A mini ‘twister’ at Warwick yesterday. Picture: Chris McFerran

 

Just under 70 calls were made to SES in Brisbane yesterday but the storms stretched right up to the coast. Train lines were suspended on the Sunshine Coast with parts of the coast receiving 81mm while Kullogum near Bundaberg had 70mm.

Forecaster Rosa Hoff said the storms had the ability to evolve rapidly and urged residents to heed weather warnings over the coming days.

"A severe thunderstorm is a thunderstorm which becomes so severe and so intense that it starts to develop severe weather of its own," she said.

"We could see damaging winds in excess of 90km/h, large hail - which has a diameter larger than 2cm, so bigger than a $2 coin - or potentially even heavy rainfall which could lead to localised flash flooding."

 

 

Flash flooding in Lutana Street at Stafford. Picture: 7 News
Flash flooding in Lutana Street at Stafford. Picture: 7 News

 

There were active warnings for most of southeast Queensland, including Brisbane, Logan, the Redlands, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast yesterday.

More than 80mm of rain was dumped on Caboolture in under an hour yesterday and another 75mm in the Upper Lockyer, with 57mm falling in less than 30 minutes.

In Fulham, more than 4300 Energex customers were left without power as a consequence of the severe weather.

TransLink suspended its Sunshine Coast train services between Eudlo and Mooloolah yesterday afternoon after rain flooded the tracks, and the RACQ urged motorists to drive safely and residents to tie down loose objects.

 

BoM predicted the storm activity would ease tomorrow and Friday, but could return by the weekend.

"Another system is going to roll in from the west on Saturday," Mr Hanniffy said.

It comes as RACQ revealed they had received 458 insurance claims since Sunday's destructive storms.

More than 100 claims have been for motor vehicle damage and 325 have been reported for damage to property.

 

Vulture Street in Woolloongabba was flooded Tuesday afternoon. Picture: 10 News
Vulture Street in Woolloongabba was flooded Tuesday afternoon. Picture: 10 News

 

 

 

Highest rain totals from 9am - 7pm Tuesday

Beachmere - 100mm

Caboolture - 92mm

Brisbane - 76mm

Upper Lockyer - 75mm

Holland Park West -67mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published as More severe storms on the way


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