Victims of a wild storm that lashed Queensland’s southeast are starting to tally the repair bill, with homes and cars damaged by winds and large hail.
Wind gusts of more than 100kp/h brought down trees, and damaged roofs in the hardest hit areas of Ipswich, and Brisbane’s western and southern suburbs.
Large hail also damaged many cars, with insurance assessors moving in on Monday to determine the cost of the storm.
As at 5.30pm (AEST) on Sunday, more than 10,000 homes had lost power, Energex said.
The severe thunderstorm that reportedly featured more than 36,000 lightning strikes in the three hours from 2pm, caused blackouts, flash flooding and interrupted Test cricket in south-east Queensland on Sunday afternoon.
Time-lapse of the Gabba as the storm rolled in
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The storm rolled in from the west, dumping golf ball-sized hail at Ipswich, Logan and Brisbane.
Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) senior forecaster Michelle Berry said there were wind gusts of more than 100kp/h at Ipswich and in Brisbane’s western suburbs.
“There may have been some wind gusts possibly even over 125kp/h,” she said.
“We wouldn’t be surprised if there were some wind gusts up to 140km/h.
Footage of the intense hail storm
Never seen a hail storm quite like this one before!
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“It was quite a significant storm that went through Ipswich and just given the reports we had through the Ipswich region, it is likely there was some quite significant wind gusts through that zone.”
One family was rescued in Ipswich after their car sank in rising floodwaters at North Tivoli.
In Moggill, a suburb in Brisbane’s west, a small shopping centre roof collapsed. No one was injured.
Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles also took to Twitter, revealing he had been trapped inside his house as a result of fallen trees and powerlines.
“Made it out, bit of a mess though. All safe,” he tweeted an hour later.
The State Emergency Service responded to more than 100 calls for help, mostly for leaky roofs and fallen trees.
Queensland Police reported on Twitter that trees and power lines were down on Simpsons Road at Bardon, in Brisbane’s inner west, and a tree was on the road at Gympie Road at Chermside on the north side of the city.
The severe weather also halted play on day four of the Test between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba.