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(AUSTRALIA) LATEST: Several storms have swept through Queensland, bringing rain, hail and lightning to a vast area from the Gold Coast to as far north as the Central Highlands #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – May.13: The skies darkened over Brisbane late on Wednesday afternoon, as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned residents to take cover and secure their belongings.Storm darkens Brisbane’s CBD and South Bank:

Ace Weather Desk says skies darken over Brisbane as hail storms sweep through southern Queensland: The storms created havoc on the roads, with rain causing localised flooding in Brisbane at Woolloongabba, Moorooka and Salisbury, stranding several cars’ according to BOM

Posted 2h ago, updated 6m ago

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Storms sweep through south-east Queensland.

(Supplied: Tess Bennett)

TransLink reported major disruptions on a number of train lines, due to a faulty overhead powerline.

Beenleigh, Cleveland and Gold Coast line trains were suspended, and TransLink warned of delays of up to 70 minutes as it organised alternative transport.

The RACQ urged motorists to stay off the road during the worst of the storms, but not to seek safety under any trees that could be brought down by heavy winds.

“If you are on the roads, turn your headlights on and pull over if conditions become too dangerous. These storms are very dangerous,” it advised in a Twitter post.

Storm approaching Woolloongabba and Kangaroo Point in Brisbane's CBD on May 12, 2021.
As much as 40mm of rain was forecast for Brisbane on Wednesday.(Supplied: Caisey Keehn)

More than 10,000 homes are without power in south-east Queensland.

A significant number of those outages are on the Sunshine Coast where a storm cell passed through about 6:00pm.

A girl holds a plastic container with hail stones on Queensland Sunshine Coast.
Five-year-old Madeleine enjoys her first hailstorm, capturing as many hail stones as she could on the Sunshine Coast.(ABC Sunshine Coast: Owen Jacques )

About 50 powerlines are also down across the south-east — the majority again on the Sunshine Coast.

A Kmart store at the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre at Maroochydore was forced to close after water began pouring through its ceiling as the thunderstorm swept through. 

Roof leaks at Kmart store with water seen on floor.
Water poured through the ceiling of the Kmart store at the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre in Maroochydore during the storm. (ABC Sunshine Coast: Owen Jacques)

Energex spokesman Rob Stork said there had been more than a 100,000 reported lightning strikes across the region and it was not safe enough for crews to go restore power.

“Once it is safe for our crews to be out there, rest assured they’ll be out here getting the power back on as quickly and safely as they can,” he said.

Hail after a storm in Maroochydore
Hail after a storm in Maroochydore on Wednesday evening.(Supplied: Pramod Rana Chhetri)

The BOM issued a number of warnings after 5:00pm for damaging winds, large hailstones, and heavy rainfall in a number of areas including Redland City and parts of Logan, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Brisbane City Council areas.

Thunderstorms near Cleveland, Nambour and northern Moreton Bay were moving east and would likely affect Maroochydore, Noosa and Eumundi in the early evening, BOM said.

As much as 40 millimetres of rain was forecast for Brisbane, with warnings of hail as big as 5 centimetres further north between Redcliffe and Woodford.

A separate warning was issued for Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Earlier, giant hailstones were reported further west at Toogoolawah, according to BOM.

Rainfall could lead to flash flooding in a number of low-lying areas, the BOM said.

#AceWeatherDesk report …Published: May.13: 2021:

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