Bribie battens down for second wave as 21k without power
Bribie Island is bracing for a second storm front after hail the size of golf balls earlier pelted parts of southeast Queensland, sending cubby houses flying and cutting power to tens of thousands.
The giant hail, measuring up to 4cm, fell at Bribie Island just after 2pm, while the Bureau of Meteorology also said hail measuring 2-3cm was reported near Woodford just after 1pm.
Also on Bribie Island, multiple trees have blown down as wind gusts of up to 57km/h were recorded in the southeast.
Heavy rain was also seen in some parts.
Up to 35mm fell at Kandanga in the 15 minutes to 4.50pm.
Energex reported that at 5pm 26,536 homes and businesses across the southeast were without power, up from 12,000 at 3.45pm
The vast majority were in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regional council areas.
The wild storms also sent trampolines, cubby houses and other backyard items flying. At Sandstone Point Hotel, shipping containers were seen blown over.
Destructive wind gusts as strong as 93km/h were recorded. That strong gust was recorded at Dalby about 4.26pm.
Wind gusts up to 57km/h were recorded in Bundaberg just before 4pm, while gusts up to 39km/h were seen on the Sunshine Coast, 32km/h at Hervey Bay, 32km/h at Tin Can Bay, 30km/h at Tewantin, 28km/h at Cape Moreton and 20km/h in Brisbane.
RACQ said it had received 40 property claims and 30 vehicle claims by 5pm.
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The Bureau of Meteorology warned at 5.30pm of severe storms near Crows Nest, Haden and Cooyar north of Toowoomba.
They were moving east and forecast to affect Esk, the area north of Toowoomba, the area southwest of Esk, the area west of Esk, the area northwest of Esk and Blackbutt by 5.55pm and Laidley, Gatton, the area south of Esk, the area west of Kilcoy, Toogoolawah and Moore by 6.25pm.
Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding were likely.
The BoM has issued warnings all afternoon as the severe storms swept through various parts of southeast Queensland from about 1pm.
As many as four super cells at once had earlier swept through the region.
It comes after a muggy day in Brisbane, with the temperature climbing to 34C on Sunday.
It has hit 41.2C in Richmond in the Northern Goldfields, while it has hit 39.7C at Julia Creek, 37C at Rolleston and 36.2C at Gayndah in the final blast from the state's two-week heatwave.
BOM forecaster Rosa Hoff said a "mix of multiple conditions" was responsible for the storm prediction.
"It's not just one thing that's led to this forecast - it's a mix of conditions at the right time."
"This will see more storms flow inland in south east Queensland, but we might expect to see something on the coast this evening."
Despite the promise of coastal falls, Ms Hoff warned the rain was unlikely to make it as far north as Fraser Island, with Tuesday set to be "the best chance" of the week.
"There is some possibility of Fraser getting some rain tomorrow, but it wouldn't be enough to make any significant changes to the fire situation."
At 7.10am, Brisbane's apparent temperature was pushing 32C with an actual temperature of 28.7C making it the hottest place in southeast Queensland this morning.
Earlier, meteorologist James Thompson said the warm days had been consistent since December began.
"We've had quite a bit of heat over Central Australia for the last little while and it's been brought into Queensland for the last week or two, we've had pretty warm days and that's now being dragged into the southeast," he said.
"Yesterday we had pretty warm temperatures with Ipswich getting to 40C, so it's been warm for a little while and we're going to see a continuation of that.
The heat was expected to be accompanied by storms, with a chance of them developing into severe thunderstorms over the southeast this afternoon.
"We are forecasting thunderstorms and even the odd severe thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening through the Brisbane and southeast area all the way up to the Wide Bay."
Originally published as Severe storms could bring heatwave to end