STORM: Ipswich Hospital suffers water damage, ward evacuated

UPDATE: A WARD at Ipswich Hospital was evacuated during the yesterday's storm as parts of the ceiling in one ward collapsed.

West Moreton Hospital Health Service has confirmed there is water damage in three areas; in the operating theatres, the oncology ward and ward 5F, used for orthopaedics.

Ward 5F suffered the worst damage and patients in that area were evacuated.

There were no injuries as a result of the damage and a West Moreton spokesperson confirmed the hospital has the situation under control this morning. 


Ipswich in clean-up mode after major storm

EARLIER: A major clean-up is underway across Ipswich and surrounding areas this morning following yesterday's wild weather.

Fierce winds, heavy rain and large hail damaged roofs, smashed windows, ripped up trees and generally blew away anything that wasn't tied down.

Power was cut to more than 5000 homes in Ipswich as the storm unleashed more than 36 000 lighting strikes. Flights were delayed from Brisbane airport with wind gusts in excess of 100 km/h and play was suspended in the opening Test against Pakistan as the system moved in.

The storm started out in the Scenic Rim and moved rapidly towards the coast. Warnings were issued but the speed of the cell caught many out in the open, disrupting traffic across Ipswich.

There were more than 175 requests for help from the SES in Ipswich and at Deebing Heights firefighters were called to help two people trapped in their car after it was crushed by a tree.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said there were no serious injuries as a result of the accident and that the people were freed by 2.40pm.

Elsewhere a 56-year-old woman was injured after she fell in Riverlink Shopping Centre.

A QAS spokesperson said there were reports she was "blown over by a gust of wind" due to the roof damage inside the centre.

She was transported to Ipswich Hospital in a stable condition.

Dinmore was also one of the worst affected areas with hail smashing houses, windows and cars.

The SES spent last night clearing much of the damage but still has a huge clean up this morning.

It will be a much calmer day today with only a slight chance of rain forecast.

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