Brisbane hit by severe storm as ‘mini-cyclone’ hits the Maranoa region

Brisbane has been hit by hail and winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour as a rapid storm ran through to the coast after a hot and humid day.

The cell was one of five intense fronts that formed late in the afternoon over Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast and Redland City.

Strong thunder warned that the storm came in Brisbane just after noon. 17.00.

Hail up to 4 inches in diameter soon hit roofs across the western and northern part of the city as well as the CBD.

Hail in a man's hand with grass underneath.
Hil Windsor in northern Brisbane.(ABC News: Paul Maland)

Gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour howled at Brisbane Airport and peaked at 107 km / h in Moreton Bay.

The short-lived but heavy rain flooded the skyline, completely wiping out the CBD skyscrapers on an otherwise steamy day.

A southeasterly change moved through the southeast into a moist, unstable air mass that triggered the scattered storms over southern and central Queensland.

Separate bands of severe storms hit the forecast districts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt in the late afternoon and evening.

Harmful winds and heavy hail were also forecast as the storms moved east toward the coast.

Take damaged in ‘mini-cyclone’

The city of Muckadilla, west of Rome, was also hit by a strong storm cell.

The owner of The Mucka Pub, Kristy Coomber, said strong winds caused a lot of damage around town, but no one was injured.

After the storm, Muckadilla hit Queensland's southern hinterland.
The scene after the storm hit Muckadilla in the Maranoa region.(Delivered by: Paul Slater)

“There are trees down everywhere and there is a rainwater tank wedged into one outside,” she said.

Muckadilla gas station worker Paul Michael Slater said the storm had caused damage to fences and trees.

The storm as it moved out to sea at sunset on the Sunshine Coast.
The storm moved to the ocean at sunset on the Sunshine Coast.(ABC News: Michael Lloyd)

“My father has been here for almost 40 years and he has never seen anything like it.

“I went through [cyclone] “Yasi up in northern Queensland, and it looked awful, just the violence of it.”

Energex said 45 customers are without power in Muckadilla and Roma.

Storm clouds brewed over the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast this afternoon.
Storm clouds brewed over the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast this afternoon.(ABC News: Michael Lloyd)

Meanwhile, a home in Rome lost part of its roof.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasts Shane Kennedy said the storms were predicted to continue well into the evening, but there was unlikely to be significant rainfall.

“These thunderstorms are moving really fast, so it will reduce the chance of heavy rainfall, and we have not observed too much in the way of that precipitation so far this afternoon,” he said.

Storm clouds and a rainbow near Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Storm clouds and a rainbow near Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.(ABC News: Michael Lloyd)

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