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Eastern states brace for second day of heavy rain with potential of more flooding and hail

Australia’s east coast is bracing for another day of heavy rain, flooding, and gale force winds as a slow moving low-pressure system continues to roll across the nation.

Steve O'Connor captured multiple lightning strikes near Tambo in Queensland.
Steve O’Connor captured multiple lightning strikes near Tambo in Queensland. (Steve O’Connor)
A long line of thunderstorms formed stretching 2500 kilometres across the Northern Territory‘s Top End and southeast Queensland, according to Weatherzone.

Up to 100mm of rain has been dumped across much of central and eastern Australia since Wednesday evening.

“Moderate to large totals” also fell in South Australia and Tasmania, meteorologist Jonathan How said.

In the outback Queensland town of Roma, residents were hit with torrential rain, hail and even cyclonic winds, forcing families to hide inside their homes.

One home had its roof torn off.

Strong winds tore the roof off a home in the western Queensland town of Roma.
Strong winds tore the roof off a home in the western Queensland town of Roma. (9News)

Rescue missions unfolded in northern NSW with four people having to be saved from floodwaters.

A road on the outskirts of Stanthorpe in Queensland completely washed away in one torrent, reminding motorists of the dangers of driving in floodwaters.

A road on the outskirt of Stanthorpe washed away in a downpour.
A road on the outskirt of Stanthorpe washed away in a downpour. (Twitter: @Jordan Fabris)
Up to 100mm of rain has fallen in some parts of Queensland causing rivers to swell and burst their banks.
Up to 100mm of rain has fallen in some parts of Queensland causing rivers to swell and burst their banks. (9News)

South Australia was also caught in the eye of the storm, with gale force winds of up to 70km/h lashing Adelaide.

The cyclonic winds blacked out Adelaide’s city causing major peak hour delays.

Southern parts of the Northern Territory and parts of the North West Pastoral Districts, West Coast, Flinders Ranges and Eastern Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are also on flood watch.

Dark clouds lingered over the skies of Moree, as thunder cracked. This photo was taken by resident Ardina Jackson.

Dark clouds and deluge of rain across NSW and Queensland

Flood warnings are still in place across Queensland, NSW, with drivers urged to take care on the roads.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a moderate flood warning for the Macintyre River, which winds through both Queensland and NSW.

Several minor flood warnings are also in effect for the Queensland’s south.

Northern and Central West NSW are bracing for more extreme weather today. Photo: Louise Kennerley (Nine)

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