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Large hail and damaging winds hit parts of central and south-east Queensland

Wednesday November 17, 2021 - 21:10 AEDT
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Storms hit the central Queensland town of Moranbah this afternoon bringing hail and strong winds. - ABC

Severe storms with large hail and damaging winds have swept through central and south-east Queensland late on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said a supercell thunderstorm ripped through Moranbah in central Queensland in the afternoon.

BOM senior forecaster Steve Hadley said the system brought strong winds and heavy rainfall.

"We saw gusts of 98 kilometres per hour due to a severe thunderstorm, which rolled through the Moranbah area, and so that gust of 98 kilometres per hour was recorded just before 5:00pm at the airport instrumentation," Mr Hadley said.

"We've also seen a range of rainfalls across eastern parts of Queensland for the Wide Bay, around 56 millimetres at Ban Ban on the Burnett River."

The drenching was not confined to the north of Queensland, with several other regions recording significant falls.

"Looking statewide, the heaviest fall in Queensland today has been around 104 millimetres at Reed Beds on the Horton River," he said.

"There's also been some falls around 60 millimetres on the Proserpine River up in central Queensland."

Mr Hadley said it was not out of the ordinary for the region to experience supercells in the summer months.

"It's quite normal to get heavy falls when you've got this kind of set up with quite unstable weather ? there's a lot of moisture in the air," he said.

"The showers and storms can be quite heavy up in north Queensland this time of year.

"It doesn't happen every day, of course, or everywhere, but you know it's not surprising to see those totals during the early part of the wet season in North Queensland, especially on the east coast."

Further south, strong winds ripped the roof off a carport.

"We've had reports around the area west of Maryborough where there's been some thunderstorms and some of those have been severe this afternoon," he said.

"We understand there's been some damage to a carport just west of Maryborough and a little bit of damage to some light structures there due to the storm activity in the area this afternoon."

Mr Hadley said there was still a risk of further wild weather this evening, but most of the systems would run out of steam as the night progressed.

"We're still looking at the risk of shower and thunderstorm activity continuing in the northern, eastern, central and south-east districts through this evening.

"But the risk of severity will diminish with the storms as you go through the evening generally.

"But potentially some of the thunderstorms could persist overnight, particularly around the north-east of the state.

"We may see some storms continuing up in the far north for example."


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