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Fresh warnings for NSW, Queensland residents as storms bring ‘immediate threat’

Large parts of NSW and Queensland are being pummelled by heavy hail and thunderstorms with meteorologists warning the severe weather descending on the two states has the potential to be “very dangerous”.

Residents in northern NSW and south-east Queensland have been showered by large hail stones, heavy rain and damaging winds.

Queensland NSW severe storms October 28, 2020.
Hail has pummelled parts of southeast Queensland this afternoon. (Supplied)
Queensland NSW severe storms October 28, 2020.
The dangerous storm cells are expected to stick around through until tomorrow. (Supplied)

A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for Caboolture, north of Brisbane and dangerous hail stones started lashing parts of Caloundra and Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology says there is an “immediate threat” from destructive winds of greater than 125k/ph that are sweeping through those areas as several storm cells crash through south eastern parts of Queensland and northern NSW.

Energex are working to restore power after more than 1500 homes in the Moreton Bay region and in excess of 1000 properties in Brisbane were impacted by outages.

Queensland SES has received more than 70 calls for assistance across the south-east.

Queensland NSW severe storms October 28, 2020.
Hail the size of golf balls hit suburbs around Queensland’s south and northern NSW. (Supplied)
A hail stone that fell at Gatton, in the the Lockyer Valley. (Supplied)

Large hail stones continue to batter homes and cars across multiple locations, including Toowoomba, Gatton and the Sunshine Coast.

Residents in Biddeston near Toowoomba had their yards blanketed with with such a thick layer of hail it almost appeared as if it had snowed, while huge bolts of lightning have been seen striking near homes in Greenbank.

Multiple damaging cells have been detected on the radar and severe warnings have been issued for Noosa, parts of Gympie, Logan, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

Lightning strikes a home at Greenbank. (Supplied)

A number of areas have recorded more heavy rain, with drivers being urged to take care on flooded roads.

Rough surf is also battering the coastline as strong winds whip up the swell.

Yesterday’s storms saw 72mm of rain fall across Brisbane in just a few hours.

Queensland NSW severe storms October 28, 2020.
The dangerous storm cells have already wreaked havoc across the two states this afternoon. (Supplied)

“There’s the threat of damaging winds, flash flooding but also large hail,” meteorologist from Weatherzone Britt Butschke told nine.com.au.

“All this did occur yesterday but today is going to be a wilder day in terms of the intensity of the thunderstorms.”

New South Wales

Severe thunderstorms have hit hard in large areas of NSW with heavy hail coming down in northern and western regions this afternoon.

The BOM warns the hazardous storm cells could bring large hailstones, damaging winds, heavy rain and flash flooding through until tomorrow morning.

Hail almost appears to blanket grass in a Tamworth front yard like snow.
Hail almost appears to blanket grass in a Tamworth front yard like snow. (Facebook)

Warnings remain in place for people in Northern Rivers, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands.

Parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Riverina and Lower Western Forecast Districts are also impacted.

Locations which may be significantly affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Orange, Tamworth, Moree and Dubbo.

Heavy rain and hail the size of golf balls has been reported in Kootingal and Tamworth.

Large hail stones have fallen at Kootingal in northern New South Wales. (Supplied)

Source: 9News | World News

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