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Qld tornado warning as storms sweep region

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2018

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Three people including a baby have been injured as hail smashed their car's windows during destructive storms that are sweeping across southeast Queensland.

Two women, one in her 70s and another in her 20s, as well as baby girl suffered multiple cuts when tennis ball-sized hail hit their car as they were driving on the D'Aguilar Highway between Kingaroy and Nanango.

They were taken to Kingaroy Hospital for treatment, with warnings for drivers to avoid that section of highway because it has multiple trees across the road and hail up to two inches thick on the ground.

Over 1300 properties are without power in the Gympie region, the website of the local power supplier, Energex, says.

It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology issues a tornado warning for areas between Biggenden and Tiaro also northwest of Brisbane.

There have already been reports from Murgon west of Gympie of a tornado touching down in the area about 1pm.

That warning is part of a severe storm warning in place for the northern end of the Sunshine Coast inland to Kingaroy and Dalby, and then south past Toowoomba to the NSW border.

About 12:30pm a person was injured when their car was hit by a tree which was felled by a lightning strike near Beaudesert southwest of Brisbane.

The storms hit the Kingaroy area hard on Thursday, with the large hail and high winds causing significant damage to a number of houses as well as causing Kumbia state school to shut down.

Farms in the area have also been hit hard, with the large hail devastating crops.

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