Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Heavy storms have again landed in southeastern Queensland with several reports of heavy rain and hail throughout the region.

Thunderstorms of giant hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rain are current for people in parts of Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and the southeastern coastal districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said there was a supercell shifting north on the central coast between Westwood and Mount Morgan.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have advised people to seek shelter indoors and secure any loose outdoor items, as harmful winds and giant hail are likely to hit the area.

Areas in the southeastern region that may be affected include Gympie, Ipswich, Gatton, Laidley, Lowood and Nambour.

The bill said a storm cell south of Caboolture and Redcliffe had golf ball-sized hail and 78 milliliters of rain, with “much of it falling in an hour”.

The bill said Waterford, south of Brisbane, had received 63 mm of rain in an hour, and 78 mm was recorded at Beachmere in the Gold Coast hinterland.

BOM spokesman Pieter Claassen said minor hail fell as part of another storm cell in the Logan region south of Brisbane that brought 60 milliliters of rain.

He said the environment was located “to see some severe thunderstorms around south-eastern Queensland”, the most worrying of which “tracks northeast towards the northern Sunshine Coast towards Noosa, even north towards Gympie”.

Clouds over southport.
Storm clouds hang over Southport on the Gold Coast.(Delivered by: JazNJoe)

The bill also tracks a series of “cross-border” cells that trace northeast toward Ipswich and Brisbane, dumping nearly 40 milliliters in 30 minutes.

Water over road after storm at Munbilla, west of Ipswich.
Roads have been flooded at Munbilla, west of Ipswich.(Delivered by: Natalie Ward)

“We are following them very closely to see if we should issue a warning to Brisbane,” Claassen said.

“The biggest risk appears to be heavy rainfall,” he said, but there is still “a small risk of hail.”

The storms are likely to clear later tonight, only to reform tomorrow afternoon.

Claassen said the conditions were “even more conducive [for storms] tomorrow “and they were probably” even more active than today “.

He said devastating winds, heavy hail and heavy rain were all risks to the Sunshine Coast, but Brisbane and the Gold Coast would likely miss out on activity.

Claassen said even larger cells posed a risk further north.

The Wide Bay Burnett region “could see one or two supercell thunderstorms” that in turn could bring huge hail and devastating gusts of wind, he said.

Although giant hail larger than 5 centimeters “certainly can not be ruled out”, Claassen said he could not compare the situation with the “literally record-breaking” storms that shot in the Mackay region on Wednesday.

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