Super storm Qld: 22,000 lightning strikes in three hours

10.40PM UPDATE: Energex has reported 22,000 lightning strikes in south-east Queensland since 10pm with 42,000 homes and business losing power.

A short time ago, there were 29,500 properties without power as a severe storm hit Brisbane, Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley.

But at 10.35pm, the Bureau cancelled its severe weather warning.

"Severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe).

"The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

"Moderate rainfall is still expected over the Brisbane area for the next few hours.

"44mm of rainfall was observed at Toombul in the hour to 10:30pm.''

Earlier the bureau issued a warning for people in the Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, North Stradbroke Island and parts of the Gold Coast City, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim, and Somerset  council Areas.

"The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 9:30 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Ipswich and Enoggera Reservoir.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.

"Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Logan City and Camp Hill by 10:00 pm and Beenleigh, Victoria Point and Tingalpa Reservoir by 10:30 pm.

"Other severe thunderstorms were located near Strathpine and Mount Mee.

"They are forecast to affect Redcliffe, Caboolture and Wamuran by 10:00 pm and Cleveland, northern Moreton Bay and Deception Bay waters by 10:30 pm.

"Destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely."

"63mm of rainfall has been recorded at Lake Manchester in the 1 hour to 9:30pm.''

Michelle Aust posted this photo of the lightning at Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast.
Michelle Aust posted this photo of the lightning at Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast.


65mm of rain dumped in an hour in some parts

VERY dangerous thunderstorms are moving across south-east Queensland tonight, dumping more than 65mm of rain in an hour in some parts and bringing destructive winds and hail.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for the Cherbourg Shire and parts of the Brisbane City, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Somerset, and South Burnett shires.

At 8.14pm on Saturday night, the storms were south of Esk, southern Lake Wivenhoe and northern Lake Wivenhoe.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the D'Aguilar Ranges, Dayboro and Mount Mee by 9:15 pm.

"Other severe thunderstorms were located near Nanango and the area north of Nanango.

"They are forecast to affect the area northeast of Kingaroy, Elgin Vale, Wondai, Murgon, Cherbourg and Proston by 8:45 pm and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon, Jimna, Borumba Dam and Goomeri by 9:15 pm.''

"Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

At 8.30pm, thunder could be heard across the Sunshine Coast.

"65mm of rainfall has been recorded at Buaraba in the 1 hour to 8:15pm.

"51mm of rainfall has been recorded at Atkinson Dam in the 1 hour to 8:15pm.

More than 50mm of rain was recorded at Helidon in the hour to 7.40pm.

"41mm of rainfall has been recorded at Preseverence in the 1 hour to 7:40pm.''

Earlier, "8-10cm hail was reported to the north of Pittsworth from the huge thunderstorm.

Check out the latest BOM radar images here

Latest warning updates are being provided on the BOM site.

The warning comes after south-east  Queensland was pummelled by a severe thunderstorm earlier today, which caused flash flooding, uprooted trees and left a trail of damage mostly in Brisbane.

Brisbane was bucketed by 10mm of rain in only 10 minutes and buffeted by winds gusting up to 70km/h, according to Weatherzone.

The mercury plunged seven degrees in 10 minutes and there were more than 4000 lightning strikes with 80km of Brisbane in less than two hours.

About 11,000 homes lost power and there were ''major delays'' on all train lines as a result of power outages, with more than 100 fallen power lines reported across southeast Queensland.

At Ipswich, more than 2500 customers were left without power initially.

Energex  was conducting emergency repairs in Flinders View, Raceview and Ripley.

The outages in Ipswich and Karalee are under investigation, with updates due at 8.30pm and 8pm respectively.

Energex reported the number of Somerest region customers affected by outages has been reduced from 1271 to 131, with emergency repairs underway.

Earlier,  police were directing traffic at two intersections in the Ipswich CBD after power outages affected traffic lights.

The East and Limestone Sts intersection was affected, as was the Limestone and Ellenborough Sts intersection.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* 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.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 219.

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