Logan residents told to brace for more storms tonight

Huge: Hail smashed parts of the region this afternoon as severe storms swept over.

Huge: Hail smashed parts of the region this afternoon as severe storms swept over.

4.30pm UPDATE

People in south-east Queensland are being warned to prepare for more dangerous storms as a series of violent squalls roll over the region this afternoon and tonight.

Storms are hitting heavily populated communities of south-east Queensland from Wide Bay to the NSW border.

There have been reports of hail in excess of 12 centimetres this afternoon.

The Weather Bureau warns that more storms are rolling through and people should expect them to bring hail in excess of 10 centimetres.

Areas likely to be hit hardest stretch from the border to north of the Sunshine Coast and into communities further inland.

The bureau is warning the situation is volatile and continues to change quickly.

Some of these storms can form in minutes and are fast moving, so people should keep off the roads and stay inside.

The threat for the south-east will continue through this afternoon and into tonight.

Stay up to date with bureau warnings at bom.gov.au/qld/warnings

4pm UPDATE

Almost 3000 customers are without power at Waterford West after this afternoon's storms, according to Energex.

That outage has affected 2836 customers, while 3643 have no power at Marsden.

At Park Ridge, the lights are off at 604 properties.

Damage: Hail hit Clinton Pattison's sign at Park Ridge High School.

Damage: Hail hit Clinton Pattison's sign at Park Ridge High School.

At Greenbank it was a voter who kicked Labor's signs over, but at Park Ridge high, the weather did the damage.

Hail smashed Logan candidate Clinton Pattison's corflute.

Saturday, 3.30pm.

Giant hail has smashed parts of Jimboomba and Logan this afternoon.

Huge stones fell at Munruben this afternoon, while Hillcrest, Greenbank, Spring Mountain, Regents Park and Boronia Heights also bore the brunt of the severe storms.

Tennis ball sized stones hit Greenbank, while election volunteers' cars were damaged at Park Ridge State High School on election day.

Energex said the storms brought more than 120,000 lightning strikes, with more than 30 powerlines brought down.

An emergency alert had been issued for Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Laidley, Jimboomba and Amberley by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.

Residents should monitor local radio and visit bom.gov.au for more information.

For assistance contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500. Contact Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.