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Tennis-ball-size hailstones falling north of Mackay

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Hail the size of tennis balls is falling in areas north of Mackay as wild weather blasts the region. 

The biggest hail has fallen around Yalboroo and Bloomsbury.

Bureau of Meteorology’s Shane Kennedy says it’s uncommon to witness 10cm-plus hail in this part of Queensland.

“We have had some observation of giant hail just to the north of Mackay around the Bloomsbury area,” he says.

“Certainly creating quite a significant threat to people there.”

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The weather bureau warns severe thunderstorms are likely to produce giant hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Central Coast, Whitsundays, Wide Bay and Capricornia districts.

Locations which may be affected include Mackay, Proserpine, Hamilton Island, Marlborough, St Lawrence, Sarina, Hamilton Island, Monto, Eidsvold, Gin Gin, Miriam Vale and Seventeen Seventy.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

 

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