Intense storm sweeps Queensland, thousands report power loss

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An intense storm hit the southeast Queensland during the afternoon hours of November 30, 2016 (local time). Downed trees and power poles were reported across the affected areas, along with several injuries.

The severe storm system swept the Scene Rim, Logan, and Brisbane, while another cell passed over the Sunshine Coast during the early evening hours of November 30. 

According to media reports, the dangerous storm system caused heavy rainfall, accompanied by large hail and intense winds. At least 3 300 lightning strikes have been reported. A traffic controller at Helensvale was struck by the lightning and taken to the local hospital in the afternoon hours. Three other people were injured.

About 11 000 homes reported power loss and 40 power lines were taken down during the passage of the storm.

BOM announced severe heat wave conditions are in store for the southern and central Queensland. The hot conditions will bring temperatures up to 10 °C (18 °F) above the December average and will likely continue into early next week.

The heat wave combined with strong winds will increase the fire danger across the affected areas, especially in the inland. Intense storms have also been forecast for much of the Queensland. Residents have been advised to follow BOM's weather warnings and forecast updates.

Featured image: Massive storm approaching Brisbane, Queensland, November 30, 2016. Image credit: Pippa Sheehan (Twitter-CC)

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