Weather

Storms rumble across QLD

Kim Westcott, 19 October 2019

Southeast Queensland residents wishing for a peaceful sleep-in this morning were disappointed, as storms began firing up around sunrise.

Initially a few storms popped up to the northwest of Toowoomba, but by midday the Brisbane radar resembled a Christmas tree, with dozens of storm cells slowly making their way towards the coast. 

A particularly intense storm around lunchtime produced 20mm in ten minutes, as well as a 95 km/h gust at Sunshine Coast Airport. Nearby, there were reports of trees uprooted and broken glass from the wind. 

Since 9am Saturday, Sunshine Coast Airport has recorded over 30mm of rain, while Brisbane has so far seen 15mm. Oakey is not far behind at 14mm, with Gympie currently sitting around 10mm in the gauge. 

This rain is great news following a dry winter, with several locations throughout the Southeast Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs nearing their September averages after a stormy few days. 

Storms look to persist into the evening, and for some districts these storms could be severe. You can find the current Queensland warnings here: https://www.weatherzone.com.au/warnings.jsp?lt=wzstate&lc=qld