Savage storm causes widespread carnage across Downs
STORMS dumped hail across the Darling Downs at the weekend and forecasters warn there could be more to come.
A cleanup in underway in Warwick with reports several houses lost their roofs after storms swept through the region yesterday afternoon.
A home was struck by lightning while hail damaged cars.
Campbell's Gully, north of Warwick, received more than 50mm of rain in half an hour.
The storms felled trees and brought down power lines.
Meanwhile, the streets of Oakey turned white on Saturday afternoon, with residents reporting golf ball-sized hail in the town. At least one house was damaged.
Hail tore through resident Helen Bawden's patio. She said she'd never seen hail that big in Oakey.
"The noise was absolutely deafening on the roof," she said.
"It was quite frightening. I wondered if it would go through the roof."
Pittsworth and Highfields were also showered with pellets of frozen rain.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shalwin Singh said a trough running through Queensland from the north west to central interior, down to the Darling Downs, was responsible for the storms.
Areas to the east of that trough are experiencing high levels of moisture and instability.
This afternoon and tonight more storms are predicted across the Darling Downs, with severe storms to hit north of Dalby.
Mr Singh said the regular afternoon storm activity was because of high temperatures during the day.
Across the Darling Downs it will be hot and partly cloudy today. There is a 90 per cent chance of showers in Toowoomba, 70% of showers in the north, 40% chance elsewhere.
Overnight temperatures will fall to between 19 and 23 degrees with daytime temperatures reaching 32 to 39 degrees.
-Additional reporting Gerard Walsh, Warwick Daily News
Toowoomba forecast for today
- Maximum temperature 26 degrees
- 90% chance of showers
- Thunderstorm likely, possibly severe