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Trees down and power out as storms lash Queensland

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A number of cells have been detected on the radar

A number of severe thunderstorms have cut power to thousands of properties across south-east Queensland.

Hail has battered homes and cars, while trees and branches have been brought down across powerlines.

At 4.15pm Energex reported more than 21,000 customers had lost power in the south-east, including 13,892 in the Moreton Bay Region and 7,447 on the Sunshine Coast.

The Bureau of Meterology is warning severe thunderstorms will be possible across the south-east throughout the afternoon and evening.

"We are looking at the potential for heavy to intense rainfall, destructive wind gusts are a chance as well as large hail," meteorologist James Thompson said.

"We are in December and it is a stormy month, so we do ask people to keep an eye on the warnings today."

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

The thunderstorms come after days of hot weather and an extremely warm night in the south-east.

The Brisbane Valley region recorded temperatures of up to 26 degrees overnight, making it the hottest evening since January this year.

"The humidity is the reason we've seen these really warm overnight temperatures," Mr Thompson said.

"We're going to see the warm air stick around until tomorrow, so we could see another warm night tonight."

Gold Coast beach in heatwave.

The heatwave conditions are expected to hang around until Wednesday, when a cool change is predicted to move up the coast.

Source: 9News

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