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Severe storms black out southeast Queensland

MORE than 5,000 homes and business are without power tonight as a dangerous storm swept through suburbs south of Brisbane.

As of 7pm, 5,190 Energex customers have been plunged into darkness, the majority in Yarrabilba, south of Logan.

Along with the 2,264 businesses and homes without power in Yarrabilba, 810 in Jimboomba, and 300 in North Maclean are also in the dark.

The Bureau of Meteorology said hail measuring 2.5cm fell in North Maclean this afternoon.

Power outages were also reported in the Ipswich area, with more than 1300 homes losing power about 5.30pm.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has now passed in the Southeast Coast district.

However severe thunderstorms are likely in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts.

Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Blackwater and Yeppoon could be affected by damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours

Severe thunderstorms are also likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Gulf Country, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, North West and Central West districts.

Locations which may be affected include Hughenden, Camooweal, Pentland and Aberfoyle.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Southeast Coast district and the warning for this district is cancelled.

Falls of up to 40mm were recorded at Obi Lookout in the Sunshine Coast hinterland while closer to the coast Coolum with 25mm, Palmwoods with 27mm, and Noosa (16mm) all saw good rain while 19.4mm fell at the Sunshine Coast Airport in little over an hour.

Falls were heavier to the north with Hervey Bay recording 55mm and Howard 57mm.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Aditi Sharman said the BOM would provide updates through the day and urged people to check the rain radars if they heard approaching thunder.

“It’s more unstable than yesterday,” Ms Sharman said. “Severe thunder storms are likely.”

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