Weather

Supercell storms cause giant hail and a tornado in Queensland

Ben Domensino, 11 October 2018

Supercell thunderstorms lashed southeast Queensland on Thursday, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue warnings for tornadoes and giant hail.

A low pressure trough interacting with warm, moisture-laden air a very unstable atmosphere caused intense storms to develop in southeast Queensland on Thursday. Two of the storms became rotating supercell thunderstorms, causing very large hail, destructive winds and a tornado.

Image: Radar showing the supercell thunderstorm that caused a reported tornado on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Bureau, tennis ball sized hail measuring up to 7cm was reported at Kumbia around midday, while hailstones raining from 3-5cm were also found on the ground near Gympie, Proston and Murgon. In a warning issued at 3:25pm EST, there were details of a tornado reported near Tansey, to the northwest of Murgon.

The intense supercells caused widespread damage to properties and vegetation in the lower Wide Bay and Burnett District.

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