Extreme Weather – Australia – Australia

EDIS Number: ST-20101215-28851-AUS
Date / time: 15/12/2010 11:05:25 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of Queensland
City: Brisbane
Number of Deads: 1 persons
Number of Injured: None or unknow
Damage level: Minor


A motorcyclist is dead after hail, lightning and strong winds battered southeast Queensland, causing home damage and traffic chaos. The motorcyclist died in a crash with a car during a severe hailstorm on Mt Cotton Road, Thornlands, on Brisbane's bayside at 4pm (AEST) on Wednesday, police said. A State Emergency Service (SES) spokesman told AAP that volunteers were preparing for a hectic night. He said crews had been called out to 169 jobs, including 74 in Logan and 34 in Brisbane. Crews were repairing roofs damaged by hailstones and fallen trees, and removing trees from roads. Logan and Jimboomba are among the worst affected areas with reports of a mini-tornado ripping up trees and power poles. Meanwhile, another storm cell coming from Ipswich is expected to sweep across Brisbane suburbs including Wacol, Archerfield, Brisbane CBD, and Enoggera on Wednesday evening. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone said Wednesday afternoon's thunderstorm had produced hail the size of tennis and golf balls in Logan and Bethania. There have been over 2500 lightning strikes and winds gusting up to 75km/h, he said. An Energex spokesman said that 15,000 homes and businesses were without power on Wednesday evening. He said the power outages, extending from Logan, Beaudesert and Jimboomba to Manly and Wynnum, could last for several hours. He said crews expected a long night ahead and had already restored electricity to 20,000 homes. Queensland Rail says the weather has caused delays for commuters travelling on the Cleveland train line. Passengers at Brisbane Airport can expect delays collecting their baggage. An airport spokeswoman told AAP, baggage handlers were forced to stop work unloading planes on the tarmac on Wednesday afternoon because of lightning strikes. More storms are predicted for the rest of the week.

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