News

Queensland lashed in spectacular series of storms

Lightning strike from Saturday's storm at Willowbank.
Lightning strike from Saturday's storm at Willowbank. Phil Rettke Photography

THE biggest hail stones meteorologists had ever seen lashed south east Queensland on Sunday in the final episode of a spectacular series of storms.

Towns on the Ipswich outskirts and south of the Sunshine Coast copped some of the biggest hail stones with areas east of Ipswich recording 6cm hail while Caboolture reported 3cm hail stones.

But Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Tony Auden said the biggest hail stones he had ever heard of - tennis ball size - landed on the Brisbane suburb Toowong at 6pm on Sunday.

Brisbane bore the brunt of the successive storms over the weekend with flash flooding and pockets of heavy hail in the suburbs.

Mr Auden explained the very active storm system was a combination of winds, instability and merging weather fronts.

"We probably get it every few years," he said.

"It shows what can happen and there is every chance we will get this outbreak again but it definitely was a top-end event.

"We do expect a peak (in storm activity) in November or December."

Fallen trees, leaking roofs and localised flooding resulted in 650 requests for State Emergency Service assistance in less than 24 hours.

Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said SES teams had completed 200 jobs by midday on Monday.

"During the storm activity more than 100,000 lightning strikes were recorded along with heavy rain, hail and wind gusts of up to 90km/hr," Mr Dempsey said. "More than 100,000 homes and businesses had powered restored over the weekend and I thank Energex for their great work."

The weather bureau drew criticism after the storm about delayed storm warnings in the lead up to the wild weather.

While BOM regional director Rob Webb confirmed the bureau would review its response to the storms - as is normal protocol - he said his team worked "really hard to inform the community".

Mr Webb said forecasters did various media interviews following the release of a severe weather alert last Thursday.

He said Saturday's storm did move on forecasters earlier than they expected.

Topics:  hail, storms, weather




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Conlon’s connected

ABORIGINAL APPRECIATION: Ipswich Jets fullback Wes Conlon shows off the club’s special Indigenous round jersey designed by Ipswich students at Bremer High State School.

Indigenous round has Jets fullback in grand final mode

Australia’s fastest at Willowbank

Motorsport gurus James Courtney and Mick Doohan check out the action at the 2016 Australian Kart Championship at Willowbank today.

Elite drivers involved in Ipswich karting excitement

Latest deals and offers

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four