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Only a little over a week after severe thunderstorms rocked parts of the Brisbane area with damaging winds and flooding rainfall, another round of severe weather left widespread damage on Thursday.
The storms hit with a vengeance Friday afternoon, bringing large hail, damaging winds and torrential rainfall to the region. The hardest hit areas experienced damage to homes and vehicles from large hail, while strong winds knocked down trees and power lines.
The storm injured a dozen people and knocked out power to around 90,000 homes, according to the Associated Press.
Localized flooding was also seen as the storms dumped as much as 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) on parts of the city.
The worst of the storm tracked over and just west of the city, before continuing farther north into the evening hours.
The Australia Bureau of Meteorology indicated that hail the size of tennis and soft balls was reported in several areas with widespread hail the size of golf balls.
The severe thunderstorms were produced by a cold front moving from south to north across southern Queensland. This caused a much cooler air mass to collide with the warm, moist air mass that was in place over Brisbane, leading to rapid thunderstorm development.
Dr. James Wardle, weather services manager of the Bureau of Meteorology office in Brisbane told New.com.au this was one of the worst thunderstorms to hit Brisbane that he or the staff had seen.
The state Premier Campbell Newman described the storm as the worst to hit the city of Brisbane since 1985.
Following a couple of showers on Saturday morning, dry and seasonable weather is expected across the Brisbane through the first half of next week.
This stretch of dry and tranquil weather will aid clean up efforts following the storms that left widespread damage across the region.
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