Cars, houses smashed as severe storm cell blasts Coast
The clean-up mission has begun across several Coast suburbs after a powerful storm cell ripped through the region.
The storms, which had originated in the Darling Downs, struck the Coast about 6pm Wednesday.
Residents reported 2-4cm hail striking major suburbs including Nambour, Maroochydore and Cotton Tree, while hundreds of homes remain without power this morning in parts of Palmwoods, Nambour, Eudlo Creek and Buderim.
Firefighters and Energex crews were kept busy after a tree fell on a car with five people inside it on Arundell Avenue in Nambour about 6pm.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said two crews were called to the scene after the tree had brought powerlines down onto the vehicle.
The occupants had to stay inside for almost two hours while Energex crews and fireys worked to make the scene safe.
About the same time firefighters were also tasked to Holly Green Crescent in Palmwoods after a tree reportedly fell on a house, bringing powerlines down as well.
Fireys were able to isolate power and Energex teams arrived soon after to begin repairs.
Incredibly no injuries were reported from either incident.
Clean-up was ongoing in Maroochydore after the Kmart ceiling collapsed in sections at Sunshine Plaza.
Footage captured the moments water poured in during the storm as shoppers watched on.
Supercheap Auto Maroochydore is closed today after it suffered extensive storm damage.
Rain came in through the roof and flooded most of the store.
A clean-up effort is continuing today and it is hoped the store can reopen tomorrow.
Meteorologist Pieter Claassen said the Bureau of Meteorology had recorded widespread falls of about 10mm, but fall of up to 25-28mm had been recorded around Maroochydore, Cotton Tree and Picnic Point.
Bellthorpe copped 43mm overnight while Caboolture was hammered with 54mm falling.