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Queensland recovering after severe storms on Tuesday

Ben Domensino, Wednesday November 8, 2017 - 08:57 AEDT

Wild storms caused damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hail in parts of eastern Queensland on Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorms developed yesterday as a low pressure trough crossing Queensland caused moisture-laden air streaming in from the Coral Sea to rise rapidly into an unstable atmosphere.

Bundaberg was left reeling after a supercell hit the city late in the afternoon, bringing down large trees and causing minor structural damage to buildings. A wind gust of 98km/h was recorded at the airport and the storm produced 22mm of rain in 10 minutes. The abrupt downpour caused the temperature to drop by seven degrees in five minutes.

Another particularly intense storm produced large hail, flooding rain and damaging winds as it moved from the ranges west of Noosa towards Rainbow Beach. People camping at Double Island Point were forced to take shelter in their cars as rain and hail flattened tents and covered the beach in ice, while winds gusted to 107km/h.

The heaviest rain from Tuesday's storms occurred in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Hinterland areas, where Cooran received 80mm and 77mm was recorded at Kandanga. Bundaberg's total of 39mm is close to half a month's worth of rain for this time of year.

Rockhampton was hit by an ominous-looking storm early in the evening. The airport's weather station registered a wind gust of 89km/h shortly after 7pm and received 22mm of rain in less than 20 minutes.

The low pressure trough has moved north and will generate further thunderstorms in parts of central and northern Queensland today.

While these storms will be less intense than yesterday, there is a chance that some will be severe. The latest warnings are available here:

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