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Severe storms hit Ipswich and Brisbane

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016

Rescue crews have responded to almost 200 calls for help as trees and powerlines came crashing down and thousands of homes were without power after a wild storm swept across Brisbane and neighbouring Ipswich.

The storm, described by authorities as very dangerous, twice forced play in the first Test between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba to be stopped.

Some flights at Brisbane Airport were also delayed until the storm passed.

There were 36,000 lightning strikes and 10,000 southeast Queensland homes and businesses were left without power, according to energy company Energex.

The State Emergency Service has received 144 calls for help in Ipswich, with reported damage in several suburbs.

Another 41 jobs were logged in Brisbane, Logan and Scenic Rim.

The weather bureau says 55mm of rain fell in Ipswich within half an hour.

A supermarket in Bellowrie was closed due to a partially collapsed roof while Wynnum Esplanade was also shut after a damaged shop front fell onto an unoccupied car.

Fallen trees have also been reported on many roads, including Gympie Rd at Chermside, while powerlines are also down in Bardon.

Authorities have warned people to stay inside and beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

The Darling Downs, Wide Bay and Burnett, and Granite Belt regions could also be hit with severe storms.

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