Scary clouds and hailstones the size of tennis balls hit south-east Queensland

Just the beginning of wild weather in Queensland.

6000 lightning strikes, heavy hail and strong winds cut power to 7,000 as more storms are predicted for today.

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If you are in the path of this severe weather formation, I suggest that you do get your cars and valuables out of harm’s way. There’s some decent rocks coming down in this one.

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A fierce storm that swept through south eastern Queensland has left two people injured and thousands without power.

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A traffic controller was struck by lightning on the Gold Coast. She had no visible injuries but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

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A 13-year-old boy was taken to hospital with hip and leg injuries when a tree fell on him at Forest Lake, in Brisbane’s southwest.

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Electricity supplier Energex was working throughout the night to restore power to nearly 7,000 customers.

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There were more than 6,000 lightning strikes during the storm that also brought strong winds and hail to the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane.

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More storms are predicted today, the official start of summer, as Queensland gets ready for a heatwave. The mercury is tipped to soar past 40C in southern parts of state and a top of 38C is forecast for Brisbane on Friday, nine degrees above the December average.

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