Warning as huge hailstones smash towns

 

Huge hailstones have battered southeast Queensland and northern NSW as wild weather wreaked havoc for the second day in a row.

Areas around Toowoomba, Preston and Banana were hit by 6cm pieces of giant hail, and over the border Tamworth residents took to social media to share the "tennis ball sized" hailstones that battered the regional town.

'Tennis ball' sized hailstones fall at Tamworth. Picture: Facebook/ Jake's Car Detailing.
'Tennis ball' sized hailstones fall at Tamworth. Picture: Facebook/ Jake's Car Detailing.

 

In a welcome relief, southeast Queensland and northern NSW will now have a couple of days of reprieve until severe storms hit the region again on the weekend.

For the second day in a row, severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding, giant hailstones and damaging wind to areas around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Brisbane recorded its wettest October day since 2010, with 72mm falling in the rain gauge.

 

Brisbane recorded its wettest October day since 2010. Picture: Peter Wallis
Brisbane recorded its wettest October day since 2010. Picture: Peter Wallis

Energex recorded 100,000 lightning strikes, and the Queensland SES received 100 calls for assistance between midday Wednesday and 6am Thursday.

"They were all pretty minor calls for things like leaking roofs, sandbags," an SES spokeswoman said.

In areas around Brisbane, Mt Glorious received 60mm, Browns Creek Road 55mm, Baxters Creek 54mm, Kallangur 52mm and Upper Caboolture 51mm.

More storms are expected to batter southeast Queensland this weekend. Picture: Peter Wallis
More storms are expected to batter southeast Queensland this weekend. Picture: Peter Wallis

 

Places near Gympie recorded up to 65mm, and giant hail was reported in other parts of the southeast, including at Toowoomba and Banana.

The Bureau of Meteorology said storms could potentially return to the southeast on Saturday, however that could mostly be contained to the Scenic Rim and the Granite Belt.

Further afield, there is a flood warning for the Diamantina River, and there are severe fire warnings for the Maranoa and Warrego as a result of a combination of warm and dry air mixing with north-westerly winds.

Originally published as Warning as huge hailstones smash towns


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