Widespread Damage As Severe Storms Smash South East Queensland
Heavy downpours have led to flash flooding across the Gold Coast and Brisbane as multiple severe storm cells smashed parts of Queensland's south-east on Friday.
A whopping 76 millimetres of rain fell in just thirty minutes near the suburb of Southport at lunchtime causing flash flooding, as heavy winds took down trees in the area.
Videos shared to social media showed streets flowing like rivers and heavy rain coming through the rooves of many buildings.
One video showed a local car dealership inundated with water. Cars were also left swamped in streets and several had to be towed as stormwater drains struggled to cope with the deluge.
Local SES volunteers responded to around 50 calls for help with around 11,000 homes across Southport, Labrador and Molendinar left without power.
As school holidays began in the state there were blackouts in several suburbs.
RACQ said its already received 33 claims for property damage and 16 for motor damage following the storms.
Brisbane's Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said incredibly strong winds and flash flooding had been seen in Greenslopes, Stones Corner and Coorparoo.
"Council crews have been activated to help with the clean-up," Schrinner said on Twitter.
A huge fig tree was also taken down by the storm in the Brisbane suburb of Stones Corner, with locals lamenting the loss of the iconic tree in front of Cafe 63.
Local Councillor for Coorparoo Ward said a number of homes had been damaged, including her own, and told residents who needed help to call the SES.
The Bureau of Meteorology had warned the storm was very slow-moving with residents across the south-east warned to prepare for large hail, damaging wind gusts and more heavy rainfall.
Hail up to 10cm in diameter was also recorded in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay areas and baseball-sized hailstones fell around Fraser Island.
The severe storms have since eased for the south-east of the state with the damage now beginning to be assessed.
But the Bureau said warnings continue further north as the cell make its way along Fraser Island, Granite Belt and Gulf Country, with residents told to brace themselves for severe rain, hail and wind.