| 11.10,18. 03:52 PM |
'Very dangerous' storms headed for Sunshine Coast, property damaged near Kingaroy
Photo: Hail on the ground after a storm at a property outside Nanango, north-west of Brisbane. (Facebook: Toni Benson)
Thunderstorm cells the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) are calling "very dangerous" are moving east across the South Burnett, with reports of hail the size of tennis balls in the southern inland town of Kumbia.
At 1:00pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the BOM weather radar near the area north-east of Kingaroy, the area north of Nanango and the area between Nanango and Goomeri.
Nearly 6,000 properties in Kingaroy and surrounding areas are without power.
These thunderstorms are moving in a north-easterly direction.
Three people have been taken to hospital after large hail smashed through a car windscreen.
The Queensland Ambulance Service said all three were injured in the same car while driving along the D'Aguilar Highway at Coolabunia.
Brianna Reynolds from the petrol station in Kumbia said the storm passed in less than 10 minutes.
"It ripped through pretty quick but it was heavy. All out the main street it looked about six o'clock in the afternoon — it was dark and then it just, then it just hit," she said.
"Very loud, couldn't hear yourself think."
Ms Reynolds said the town centre had hailstones about 20 centimetres, but outlying areas had tennis ball-sized hail.
She said the glass louvres in the local school building would have been taken out by the storm.
"Just across the road from the service station here there's a tree fallen over in someone's yard by the roots been ripped out.
"Our bosses ... their weatherboard and that of their houses has all been tipped out, louvres broken and all that sort of stuff."
BOM senior forecaster Jonty Hall said the storms were fast-moving and tracking towards the coast.
"They've been stronger than anything else around at the moment, and capable of producing damaging winds and very large hail," he said.
"We've seen hail reported up to tennis ball size at this stage — it's possible some of these storms could even be capable of producing hail stones larger than that, so it's certainly capable of causing damage and being quite dangerous."
Mr Hall said the cells were capable of producing damaging or even destructive winds.
"We've had some wind damage reported, lots of trees down [and] we've heard of some sheds being demolished," he said.
"These aren't likely to be the only two cells through the afternoon — there's likely to be others to developing through that Darling Downs area and extending north-east towards the Wide Bay coast and Bundaberg."
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and South-East Coast forecast districts.
Heavy rain has also been falling across large parts of the Brisbane metropolitan area.