Storms pass through south-east Queensland

VIOLENT weather appears to have left south-east Queensland for warmer climes, as towns from Hervey Bay to Bowen are warned to pack their umbrellas as the storms start to blow in.

The Sunshine and Gold coasts are due for a reprieve today, as should Brisbane and parts of north-east New South Wales following yesterday's wild weather.

Brisbane's CBD sighed with relief after dodging a first raft of thunder, but the storms still cut power to 1878 homes.

Just outside Ipswich at Amberley, west of Brisbane, the mercury plunged from 29 degrees to 21 degrees in just 20 minutes.

Although labelled a routine group of storms by Weatherzone, the NSW town of Tamworth were likely still surprised when 4cm-wide hail stones began bouncing around the streets.

In Port Macquarie, these were 3cm.

Storms were expected to keep visiting northern NSW and southern Queensland late tonight.

Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe told APN Central Queensland towns including Rockhampton should on Wednesday brace for storms, although these will be less intense than what hit the south on Tuesday.

"The storms are unlikely to be severe (on Wednesday), there is only a small chance of flash flooding," he said.

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