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“Tomorrow there will still be some rain left over from the thunderstorm, then there will be a brief, fine break (in the morning) before we return to thunderstorms in the afternoon.”

Skies are expected to clear up by Sunday.

Today, Brisbane and Ipswich can expect a top of 26C, while a maximum of 25C is predicted for the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

There will be light to moderate north to north-easterly winds over the Southeast Coast forecast district.

Thursday's thunderstorms caused peak-hour traffic chaos with dozens of crashes. State Emergency Service volunteers were called to more than 40 jobs by early evening.

Hail at Parkinson
Source: The Courier-Mail

The storm also blew the roof off the Cracow pub.

Owner Fred Brophy - of tent boxing fame - said the bar was ``packed with regulars” when a freak storm hit the pub between 5pm and 6pm.

“The big tree out the back came down and one down the side (of the pub) came down and the wind blew half the roof off,” Mr Brophy said.

“It happened within a matter of 10mins and luckily no one got hurt, but the tin landed in the paddock.”

However, rather than stalling the celebrations, Mr Brophy said the party kept on going.

“No one cared about it,” he said.

“The SES came out later and put some covers where the tin came off.

“I just turned on free beer, I turned a disaster into the best night we ever had.”

In Brisbane, Mount Cotton south of Brisbane recorded the highest rainfall with 85mm falling between 4pm and 6pm.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Rick Threlfall said the rain was "hit and miss".

"The places that got a storm had heavy rain in a very short period of time, but other parts of the city have had nothing," he said.

"There was only 27mm of rainfall in the city (between 4pm and 6pm) and there was a lot of hail reported."

Hail blanketed homes and roads, with the Logan Motorway, Forest Lake, Springfield and Beaudesert hardest hit.

Hail on the Logan Motorway
Source: The Courier-Mail

Houses flooded and roofs collapsed in Parkinson in Brisbane's south with some residents rescued by fire crews.

Swift-water rescue teams were also sent out to the worst-hit areas as a precaution.

Residents Paul and Cathy Griffin spent the second anniversary of being in their home on Mapelton Court cleaning up from a gaping hole in their roof.

"We have turned off the power to make sure we don't have a fire or anything but it's a real mess," Ms Griffin said.

Barrine Place resident Joanne Galloway said she had never experienced such an intense storm and the rain was "dead vertical" with hail the size of 10 cents coins.

Upper Coomera resident Sally Walters was driving home from Wacol when she saw hail resembling snow on the Logan Motorway.

Kedron Brook
Water rising rapidly at Kedron Brook. EMAIL US YOUR STORM PICTURES TO
Source: Supplied

Wet weather also caused problems for city commuters, after a bus hit a pedestrian, causing only minor injuries but major traffic delays.

The pedestrian was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with minor injuries to his arm after he was struck by what is believed to be a council bus, on Petrie Tce after 5pm.

The severe-storm warning, which was issued to large parts of south-east Queensland earlier this afternoon, was cancelled just after 8pm yesterday.

Police were forced to drive in the opposite direction to traffic, which was at a stand-still, in order to reach numerous crashes along the Logan Motorway, near Drewvale.

There were crashes on both sides of the motorway.

Traffic on the Logan Motorway at Kingston was diverted at the Loganlea exit to keep the area clear where a truck had jack-knifed in the late afternoon.

Senior Sergeant Phil Notaro said it took police about two hours to direct about 400 cars away from the crash site.

"We had to turn them all around, one at a time," he said.

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