Severe thunderstorms to hit again, authorities warn
UPDATE: Savage storms that lashed the Darling Downs, tearing roofs from houses and bringing down trees, are tipped to make a return by the weekend.
Gowrie Mountain and Charlton residents spent today clearing trails of destruction as residents were warned to get storm ready.
Four super cells raged across the region last night, dumping tennis-ball size hail, snapping trees and powerlines.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned more storms are imminent.
Long-time Gowrie Mountain residents Maurie and Ruth Nielsen said the storm was short and intense, dumping 115mm in the rain gauge before it was smashed by falling branches.
"The wind and the rain and the hail coming off the side of the hill were all mixed together in such a whirling blow that I couldn't even see about 15m," Mr Nielsen said.
He was asleep with his wife when a large branch broke from a nearby native tree, crashing onto the roof above the main bedroom, pulling down guttering.
Warren Eunson had been driving up his driveway when winds brought down a large tree across his path, narrowly missing his car and his high-set brick home.
"It (the winds) was that intense I had to stop as a tree fell over the driveway," Mr Eunson said.
Wife Kay said it was remarkable no-one had been injured in the storm.
"We haven't had a storm like that in 20 years," she said.
"We consider ourselves extremely lucky."
Rosamund Kehl said her house had been spared any damage, but a restored vintage car had been smashed in the severe storm.
Fallen trees blocked her driveway after the storm which she likened to a cyclone.
"I've never been in a cyclone before but it was just like that. It was short, sharp and savage," she said.
Thousands of residents were left without power from about 5.30pm Monday with Ergon Energy crews activated at dawn yesterday to repair snapped power lines and power poles.
A building at the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services regional headquarters at Charlton suffered some internal water damage due to the build-up of hail on the roof.
Acting Inspector Kent Barron said it was a timely reminder for residents to secure loose items and to prune back trees.
Bureau spokesman Jess Carey said Monday's storms were not uncommon for November, and warned more were due to hit at the weekend.
"As we move through the week, we're seeing the temperatures rising," he said.
"Another trough on Friday will have more focus and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday have severe storms possible."
Temperatures are tipped to build over the next three days before hitting 35 degrees on Friday, dropping sharply to 28 degrees on Saturday as southerly winds move in.
He said severe storms could bring heavy rain causing flash flooding, with hail more than 2cm in diameter, wind gusts in excess of 90kmh and, on rare occasions, tornadoes.
10.30AM: Gowrie Mountain residents have started an immense clean up task clearing fallen trees from their properties.
Residents have reported last night's storm was short but intense, with strong winds lashing their homes and bringing down large native trees.
Warren Eunson had a lucky escape driving up into his property when the storm hit, narrowly avoiding a tree which collapsed across the roadway when the storm moved through about 6pm.
He and his wife Kay said they were the lucky ones.
The long-time Linora Dr resident said the storm was the "worst I've seen for 20 years", but he was thankful his brick house was undamaged.
"We haven't had a storm like that in 20 years," Mrs Eunson said.
The suburb has been without power since about 5.30pm yesterday.
9.30AM: Thunderstorms that hit the Toowoomba region yesterday have left thousands without power and caused widespread damage.
Ergon Energy crews are this morning working to restore power supply to about 1380 customers mainly in the Kingsthorpe area.
Supply has also been affected in Charlton, Glenvale, Torrington, Wellcamp, Cecil Plains and Lemontree.
The damage to Ergon's network includes fallen powerlines and powerpoles.
SES Toowoomba group leader Frank Devlin said crews had responded to a handful of calls reporting damage to homes in the western suburbs.
"We had four calls, mainly about trees down across drive ways and across cars," Mr Devlin said.
"Some trees had powerlines through them … and most of the damage was confined to the Gowrie Mountain area."
Mr Devlin said some houses had lost parts of roofs and other structural damage in the "severe but localised" storm.
"It did seem pretty localised around the Gowrie Mountain area," he said.
"There were no reports of damage in Toowoomba."
Mr Devlin said SES crews would be active today clearing fallen trees around the area.
8AM: Parts of the Darling Downs are in clean-up mode today after ferocious storms swept across the region yesterday.
Hail the size of golf balls smashed into Stanthorpe and countless lightning strikes were recorded.
Heavy rain fell in Toowoomba over three hours.
The main weather driver on the Darling Downs today is a slow moving surface trough that extends from the north-west of the state into the south-eastern inland.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the surface trough should weaken and move westwards into the southern interior on Wednesday.
It will be hot and mostly sunny today and there is a slight (20%) chance of a shower in the far east, near zero chance elsewhere.
There is also the chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening.
Daytime maximum temperatures across the Darling Downs are ranging from 33 - 38 degrees.
Instability will persist near and to the east of the surface trough over the next couple of days whilst a weak ridge will keep much of the east coast mostly fine.
A new surface trough will enter the south-west of the state on Thursday and move eastwards into the south-east interior towards the end of the week.
Warm to hot conditions will persist through much of the interior and south-east in the days ahead.