Golf ball size hail fell in Riverview, Ipswich.
Golf ball size hail fell in Riverview, Ipswich. Higgins Storm Chasing

Major storm lashes south-east Queensland

SUMMER storms have once again brought heavy rain and hail to south-east Queensland.

Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley were hit about 2.20pm on Sunday afternoon, with flash flooding affecting several roads in the city.

High winds and hail made it dangerous to be on the roads.

Social media users shared images and videos of the spectacular-looking storm before it moved further north to Brisbane.

Play at the Gabba was called off as the storm moved over the city and Queensland Police warned drivers not to travel.

Powerlines came down in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Bardon and in Ipswich at least 5000 homes were without power. 

A second storm was detected on the radar by the Bureau of Meteorology, and was expected to hit the Lockyer Valley by 4pm.  A storm warning update issued at 3.25pm showed the second storm had dissipated.

Environment Minister Steven Miles tweeted a photo of the footpath outside his house in Brisbane, which was littered with tree branches. 

Areas further north of Brisbane are expected to be hit by the storm later this afternoon. A storm warning issued just after 4pm showed thunderstorms developing near Esk. 

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