FLOOD: Helen Ward navigates around flooded roads as the storm hits Byee flats, at the Hivesville end, on her way home to Silverleaf Cloyna yesterday.
FLOOD: Helen Ward navigates around flooded roads as the storm hits Byee flats, at the Hivesville end, on her way home to Silverleaf Cloyna yesterday. Helen Ward

More storms on the way: weather station damaged

RESIDENTS from across the South Burnett are cleaning up and surveying the full extent of damage from yesterday's storm.

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington has urged people to stay safe with more rain on the way, as residents clean up the damage.

Government assistance is available for residents to cover damage costs as they face the massive clean up.

A primary school-aged boy was treated by paramedics this morning after a tree fell during the storm clean-up on a property near Coolabunia.

The boy is in a critical condition and a rescue helicopter was called.

Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said the South Burnett could expect more of the same consistent rain, through showers and storms over the next 48 hours.

The more heavier falls will be today, however there is the chance of a downpour during a storm.

Storms could be possibly severe, as the systems were still pretty unstable, Ms Westcott said.

Temperatures should sit around 15 or 16 degrees today and tomorrow, reaching a maximum of 18 or 19 degrees due to the cloud coverage.

The rain should start easing on Sunday.

Massive storm cells hit parts of the South Burnett yesterday afternoon.

Ms Westcott said they recorded the month's heaviest rainfall in Kingaroy of more than 14mm from yesterday to 9am this morning.

Unfortunately one of Kingaroy's town gauges was lost during the storm, so there could not be an accurate reading.

The South Burnett experienced damaging winds, with speeds recorded in Kingaroy of up to 85km/h.

"There was a really big peak when it knocked out the weather station," Ms Westcott said.

Over the past seven days, Kingaroy has seen 50.8mm, with an average for the month so far of 51.7mm.

"That's pretty impressive, we're not even halfway through the month," she said.

Ms Westcott said the rainfall levels would most likely be higher than this, with incomplete data due to the weather station's storm damage yesterday.

Hail stones the size of tennis balls were reported after the thunderstorms hit parts of the South Burnett, including Kumbia, Blackbutt, Nanango, Coolabunia and Kingaroy.

Thousands were left without power following the storm, with 979 residents across the South Burnett still without power today.

Residents in Tansey reported a tornado as part of the wild weather events yesterday, as residents around the South Burnett experienced hail, flooding, damaging winds and lightning.

Many roads were closed with some residents stranded due to fallen trees and flooded roads.

Paramedics also treated two women and a baby after hail smashed through their car window during the severe storm yesterday afternoon.

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