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Golf ball-sized hail, 100km/h wind gusts hit south-east as severe storms head for Brisbane

Brisbane Times logo Brisbane Times 13/02/2018 Toby Crockford

The severe storms developing over Crows Nest, about 150 kilometres west of Brisbane. © Natalie King - Facebook The severe storms developing over Crows Nest, about 150 kilometres west of Brisbane. Wind gusts in excess of 110km/h and large hailstones have lashed south-east Queensland on Tuesday, as severe storms returned to the region for the third time in as many days.

The "golf ball-sized hail" and 113km/h wind gusts were recorded in Oakey, 155 kilometres west of Brisbane, while two-centimetre hailstones and winds up to 100km/h were also reported in Rathdowney, near the New South Wales border.

It wasn't just the wind and hail residents had to worry about, with Macleans Bridge, near Jimboomba in the Logan region, receiving more than 30 millimetres in 15 minutes.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned Cherbourg, Ipswich, Logan, Redland City, Brisbane City, Gympie, Somerset, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast and Moreton Bay Council areas were expected to be hit by the wild weather.

More than 3000 Energex customers were without power on Tuesday night, with some of those believed to be residents who were still waiting for their supply to be restored after Sunday's storm.

BoM meteorologist Annabelle Ford said the same "hot, humid and unstable" air mass responsible for the warm weather was also the cause of the ongoing severe storm threat in the south-east.

Potentially severe storms were on the cards for Wednesday afternoon and evening, but were expected to mainly affect inland areas such as Toowoomba, Gold Coast hinterland, granite belt and border ranges. Damaging winds, heavy rain and hail were possible.

Brisbane only reached 33 degrees on Tuesday, two degrees below the forecast maximum, and residents woke to humidity above 80 per cent.

However, the river city was bracing for a top of 36 on Wednesday before temperatures were expected to cool down slightly, with an expected high of 34 on Thursday and 32 on Friday.

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