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State battered by wild weather

Triple threat storms have ravaged southeast Queensland and northern NSW on Tuesday and are expected to continue into Wednesday, as forecasters warn this is a taste of what summer will look like.

The Bureau of Meteorology had earlier warned of intense rainfall “that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding” and pictures from across the state this afternoon prove that fear was valid.

The Courier Mail reports that Brisbane recorded 65mm of rain this afternoon, while the town of Beachmere recorded 80mm in just an hour, seeing streets disappear under sheets of water.

The Bureau of Meteorology was earlier forecasting severe to dangerous thunderstorms for Queensland and NSW on Tuesday and Wednesday with large to giant hail, damaging to destructive winds and heavy rainfall which could cause flash flooding.

Southeast Queensland was on Tuesday afternoon being hammered by six separate severe thunderstorms, moving east to southeast.

A BOM update at 1.30pm AEST warned of severe storm development over a broad area of southeast and central Queensland, including areas around Biloela, Gympie, Gatton, Toowoomba and Warwick.

A warning issued by BOM said damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding and the thunderstorms were expected to become “stronger and more extensive later in the afternoon”.

“Severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northwest of Toowoomba, the area south of Kingaroy, the area north of Nanango and Linville,” the warning read.

“Severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northwest of Toowoomba, the area south of Kingaroy, the area north of Nanango and Linville,” the warning read.

It comes after wild weather lashed the east coast over the weekend, which saw a Brisbane woman to be hospitalised after a tree fell on her car and hailstones the size of golf balls fall on parts of the country.

The Bureau of Meteorology also recorded more than 2.24 million lighting strikes across the country over the weekend.

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