IPSWICH and the Lockyer Valley was hit by hail, lightning and heavy rain yesterday with three more days of storms on the way.

Queensland Times reader Michael McInally was able to capture shots of the brilliant lightning on Tuesday night as it danced across the evening skies above Ipswich City.

The 17-year-old said he had taken the pictures from the Queens Park lookout, where other avid photographers were also out snapping pictures of the storm.

"It was crazy, I kept the shutter open for about 20 seconds and managed to capture numerous lightning flashes," he said.

LOOK OUT: Spectacular lightning strikes Ipswich during a storm on Tuesday night.
LOOK OUT: Spectacular lightning strikes Ipswich during a storm on Tuesday night. Michael Mcinally

The hail from the storm was at its most severe in the Lockyer Valley with the ground at Ropeley, south of Gatton, littered with hailstones.

State Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said damaging hail fell in the town just before 4pm.

"The Lockyer Valley really copped the storm," he said.

"It tore through Ropeley. It was really quite heavy there. It was almost like snow."

The storm hit the Warrego Hwy at Prenzlau before 5pm, with hailstones reported on the road. More thunderstorms are expected through to Monday. A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology said the next severe storm was forecast to hit this afternoon.



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