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Golf-ball sized hail hits Queensland

Staff Writer |
More than 26,000 customers in Queensland's Wide Bay region are without power after severe storms rolled through the area.

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An Energy Queensland spokesman said 60 per cent of customers in the Bundaberg depot area had lost electricity on Tuesday afternoon, as had 50 per cent of homes in nearby Gin Gin.

There are also reports of roofs being ripped off homes and fallen power lines.

A severe storm warning for the Wide Bay, Capricornia, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields regions remains in place.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned residents to prepare for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding.

Earlier in the day, golf-sized hail lashed parts of the southeast and Wide Bay, with 5cm stones reported at Melawondi, west of Gympie.

Winds of more than 100km per hour were recorded at Double Island Point, north of Noosa, while 39mm of rain fell in 15 minutes at Spitters Creek, northeast of Gin Gin.

At one stage there were four storm cells moving towards the coast, the most dangerous near Beaudesert and Rainbow Beach.

The severe storm warning for the southeast has since been cancelled.

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