Lightning strikes near family home during terrifying storm
UPDATE: The moment a lightning bolt connected with a tree in the Sunshine Coast hinterland was caught on camera as a 'supercell' storm ripped through the region.
Jeff Higgins, of Higgins Storm Chasing, didn't even have to leave the house to get up close to this storm.
He posted the video to Facebook, saying it gave his family "the fright of our lives".
"This very close bolt initially hit the house (you can hear the click) then fries a tree in the valley below," he said.
Hail stones the size of golf and tennis balls fell in the hinterland about 4pm and storms kept rolling towards the coast, bringing rain, wind, and spectacular lightining.
More than 400 homes in the hinterland and 1304 in the Noosa area lost power.
All electricity services in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council areas have since been restored.
UPDATE: Hail stones the size of "tennis balls" have fallen in the Sunshine Coast hinterland as a "supercell" storm hit the coast.
Rocky DeGoat posted pictures of huge hail stones from Stony Creek, saying it was the first time he'd seen anything like it in the 10 years he'd been there.
The Bureau of Meteorology said golf to tennis ball sized hail was reported from the Peachester area and tennis ball hail has been reported from other areas of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Sunshine Coast Daily readers reported plenty of hail in Maleny and Mapleton.
Meanwhile hundreds of homes and businesses in the Sunshine Coast hinterland are without power.
348 of the 409 homes left without power just after 4.30pm were in Conondale. Flaxton, Hunchy, West Woombye and Dulong are also affected.
Hail hit Maleny about 3.40pm.
UPDATE: Hail is falling in Maleny as a 'supercell' thunderstorm sweeps across the hinterland towards the Sunshine Coast.
Higgins Storm Chasing's Jeff Higgins videoed "large hail ... bouncing along on the bitumen and off the grass.
"Not much wind yet; a lot of dangerous lightning bolts coming down everywhere."
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash-flooding, are likely to affect the hinterland now, and coastal areas from Maroochydore to Caloundra by 4.15pm.
UPDATE: A very dangerous storm cell moving towards the Sunshine Coast is expected to hit the hinterland by 3.45pm and the Coast by 4.15pm.
Weatherzone has labelled the dangerous storms "supercell thunderstorms".
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned Conondale and Montville will be first in the path to be affected by a very dangerous thunderstorm spotted on the weather radar near Woodford and Mount Mee.
Maroochydore and Caloundra are also in the firing line.
Large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash-flooding, are likely.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Supercell thunderstorms are affecting southeast QLD and northeast NSW at the moment. pic.twitter.com/PV7yFDaJWO— Weatherzone (@weatherzone) December 1, 2016
BREAKING: Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hailstones are forecast to hit the Sunshine Coast in the next few hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Sunshine Coast and predicted that areas to be worst affected would be Maroochydore, Noosa and Caboolture.
BoM said the severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Lake Wivenhoe at 2.10pm and was forecast to affect the Caboolture area in the next 30 to 45 minutes.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is advising residents to move cars under cover and away from trees and to secure loose outdoor items.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5.10 pm.