A clean-up is underway after wild storms bearing hail and damaging wind gusts battered south-east Queensland on Sunday, with 100 shipping containers tossed around by 160km/h winds at the Port of Brisbane.
Cranes will be used this morning to restack those containers.
Flights were also delayed at Brisbane airport yesterday as engineers assessed planes for damage.
— Mark Drano (@Drano2go) November 13, 2016
The storms stretched from Cairns in the state’s far north to the Gold Coast but most of the activity was in the south-east.
Almost 30,000 lightning strikes were recorded in the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast regions over the past two days.
Two severe cells ripped through the Wide Bay-Burnett region, dumping golf ball-sized hail that damaged cars, windows and roofs.
Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft said trees took down power lines and hail damaged, roofs, cars and windows in and around Maryborough and Bundaberg.
“There’s going to be a fair bit of clean-up — we will have staff on it, so it will take about three or four days,” he said.
— Dave Andrews (@chopperdaveqld) November 13, 2016
Councils across the south-east will be out today assessing the full extent of damage.
Queensland’s two big electricity providers reported more than 30,000 blackouts across the state.