Australia Weather News

A wild storm has battered south-east Queensland, blacking out nearly 18,000 homes and causing flash flooding that has left vehicles stranded.

The severe storm cell dumped heavy rain in and around Brisbane.

Greenbank, south of Brisbane, had more than 70 millimetres in the 30 minutes to 5:00pm.

Michelton recorded 61mm in 30 minutes.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) put out a storm warning for parts of the Brisbane and Moreton Bay council areas.

Everton Hills, Greenbank, Kenmore and The Gap were among the worst-affected areas.

Peak-hour drivers got caught up in the storm, with some reporting hail damage on a clogged Milton Road.

Motorists parked at Wacol Railway Station in Brisbane's south-west were caught up in minor flash flooding, but the water was not high.

Trains on the Ferny Grove line in Brisbane have been suspended between the Mitchelton and Ferny Grove stations due to the storm.

Crews are trying to clear an object from the overhead lines.

Delays are expected until about 8:30pm

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the service was dealing with a large number of car crashes, but none were serious.

She said a tree fell on a car at Kenmore, but the driver was unscathed.

The State Emergency Service (SES) said it had had more than 80 call-outs to homes for roof damage and downed trees, but no injuries were reported.

Plenty of posts on social media showed blackened skies and furious winds, but as quickly as the storm hit, it was gone again.

The BOM put out seven storm alerts in all, starting from 2:29pm.

The system headed across the bayside regions and out to sea.

Another band of storms is set to drench the Wivenhoe Dam area, north-west of Brisbane.