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Queensland pummeled by intense overnight storms

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A cold snap is headed for Queensland after parts of the coast were smashed by severe overnight storms.

A cold snap is headed for Queensland after parts of the coast were smashed by severe overnight storms.

A massive clean-up operation is underway after the state was pummeled by powerful thunderstorms, hail and damaging winds.

The intense weather system saw a millimetre of rain dumped almost every minute in some parts of the state's southeast.

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Queensland weather

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Greg Leach said the worst of the storm hit between 5pm and 6pm and resulted over 180 emergency callouts.

"Our crews responded to power lines down, leaking roofs and trees down - so a busy night for our crews," Commissioner Leach said.

"We dealt with around 100 of those calls. We still have 80 to deal with today. If people are waiting for the crews to arrive, we will get there."

Comm. Leach said around 50 calls came from the Brisbane area, which saw severe conditions.

"The storms moved through relatively quickly. But it was quite severe, strong winds and lots of rainfall at the time and it happened just as people were trying to leave work and head for home," he said.

Queensland weather

Comm. Leach said Queensland "wasn't out of the woods yet" with a severe cell which came through yesterday and a low- pressure system hanging over eastern Australia meaning there will likely be more to come.

The Bureau of Meteorology says while some showers are still likely today, the worst of the storms is over for the state.

Parts of the Sunshine Coast saw two centimetres of hail fall and the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs saw close to 70 millimetres of rain fall in the space of an hour.

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By the time the storms reached Brisbane's CBD, rainfall had dropped to 40 millimetres, but intense lightning storms still lit the CBD night sky.

Weatherzone meteorologists said an estimated 71,000 lightning strikes hit within a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane's CBD between 4 and 8pm and around 5400 of those were "cloud to ground" strikes.

Queensland weatherNational weather forecast for Thursday May 13, 2021

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The Bureau is saying the city will see more fog throughout the day, particularly around Ipswich.

While the Queensland storms have dissipated, a cold snap is headed for the state and temperatures are expected to plummet to single digits tomorrow and over the weekend.

New South Wales also saw lightning storms along the coast overnight, with temperatures expected to drop and more showers on the way for the state over the weekend.

Much of Australia's south coast will also stay wet from today through to Sunday with showers along Victoria's south, Adelaide, Hobart and southern parts of Western Australia.

Perth, Carnarvon and Darwin should remain clear with tops in the early 30s.

Source: 9News

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