UPDATE 8.30PM: DAMAGING winds and large hailstones will batter the Central Coast and Whitsundays, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.

A severe thunderstorm was likely to rage over the next several hours, affecting Mackay, Proserpine, Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach, BOM reported.

Mackay residents captured images of a severe thunderstorm rolling into the region on Sunday April 19.
Mackay residents captured images of a severe thunderstorm rolling into the region on Sunday April 19. Tianna Neeve

The storm has been rapidly moving up the coast this afternoon, pelting many communities with hailstones.

Golf ball sized hail, with 4cm diameter, smashed into homes in Sarina at 5.40pm, while tennis ball to baseball-sized hail, with 6-8cm diameters, fell at Rockhampton earlier this afternoon.

UPDATE 6.30PM: A SEVERE storm warning has been expanded to Mackay, as communities are pelted with hailstones.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a severe thunderstorms was moving towards Sarina and Mackay, bringing "large, possibly giant hailstones and damaging winds".

The storm is expected to rage for the next several hours in parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays and Capricornia districts.

Bureau of Meteorology warned a severe thunderstorms was moving towards Sarina and Mackay, bringing
Bureau of Meteorology warned a severe thunderstorms was moving towards Sarina and Mackay, bringing "large, possibly giant hailstones and damaging winds" on Sunday April 19. Zizi Averill

Mirani MP Stephen Andrew shared video of the hail pelting a Sarina backyard as a warning to fellow residents.

"Please garage your vehicles and cover up what could be susceptible to hail damage," he wrote on Facebook.

BOM said tennis ball to baseball-sized hail, with 6-8cm diameters, had been reported further south in Rockhampton.

Kristal Maree captured this lightning bolt in the storm which hit Mackay and surrounds on Saturday night.
Kristal Maree captured this lightning bolt in the storm which hit Mackay and surrounds on Saturday night. Kristal Maree

INITIAL: A STORM dropping golf-ball sized hailstones is predicted to roll further north, threatening communities like Moranbah and St Lawrence.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning to residents in the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields regions.

Meteorologist Alex Majchrowski said the storm was bringing damaging, locally destructive winds and large hailstones to Central Queensland.

BOM issues a severe weather warning for the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricorn region
BOM issues a severe weather warning for the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricorn region

While the storm is largely impacting areas around Rockhampton, Mr Majchrowski said it was moving in a north-easterly direction, with Moranbah and St Lawrence in the danger zone.

"We're already seeing sparks in Moranbah," he said.

"(And) new storms are developing."

Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning to residents as a storm moves into the Isaac region on Sunday April 19. St Lawrence resident Vivienne Coleman photographed the storm as it moved around her property.
Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning to residents as a storm moves into the Isaac region on Sunday April 19. St Lawrence resident Vivienne Coleman photographed the storm as it moved around her property. Vivienne Coleman

Mr Majchrowski said a passing upper trough was causing the "instability".

He warned residents to prepare for the severe storm.

The storm has severely impacted communities further south, with residents in Frenchville, The Range, Kawana and Norman Gardens reporting hail, ranging from peas to golf balls in size, was pounding their homes.

Hail the size of golf balls hit Kawana and the severe thunderstorm is predicted to roll further north threatening communities like Moranbah and St Lawrence
Hail the size of golf balls hit Kawana and the severe thunderstorm is predicted to roll further north threatening communities like Moranbah and St Lawrence


Mackay was predicted to avoid the worst of the storm, with Monday featuring only a slight chance of a shower near the coast.

BOM has predicted a partially cloudy day on Monday, with temperatures ranging from 21 to 29 degrees in Mackay.

It will be mostly sunny featuring light winds from Tuesday until Thursday, BOM reported.

 

 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services storm preparation advise - Provided by BOM

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500.


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