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Thor put away your hammer: SEQ hit 39,000 times

Chris Poison posted this amazing capture of the lightning over Ipswich.  Source: Higgins Storm Chasing / Facebook
Chris Poison posted this amazing capture of the lightning over Ipswich. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing / Facebook

THOR, put away your bloody hammer, especially at 2am in the morning.

That summed up the sentiment as a staggering  39,000 lightning strikes hit south-east Queensland.

The storms developed over Toowoomba around midnight before moving towards the coast by about 3:00am.

Tee Cee summed it up nicely on Twitter: "Dear Mother Nature, Do you have a complaints department? 230am is no time for a light show and thunder competition."

"Well that was impressive for 2.30am," Rosemary Allie in Manly West said.

"Now can someone take Thor's hammer off him, some of us wanna [sic] sleep and not listen to the crazy border collie bark at the thunder."

Power was cut to more than 7,000 homes, but most have now been restored.

The storms only delivered less than 10mm of rain.

So the rude awakening was hardly worth it.

The Bureau of Meteorology  has warned there is the chance of a thunderstorm again today in Brisbane, possibly severe.

Danny Donald from Energex told the ABC there were 39,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes amid the storms.

About half of those were on the Gold Coast, another 3,000 west of Brisbane and only 1,500 in the capital.

Energex contracts Weatherzone to count the strikes.

Weatherzone has 10 aerials in the south-east that pick up "crackles" from each strike.

"Every single lightning strike has its own signatures," Mr Donald said.

"They send out their own electromagnetic pulse."

Thunder and lightning wake up south-east Queensland

SOUTH-east Queensland has again been woken early by a severe lightning storm which has cracked open the skies from Ipswich to the Sunshine Coast and out to the Darling Downs.

Higgins Storm Chasing put out an early warning of the storms to come at 1:45am.

"Brisbane City you're about to be hit! Heavy rain, strong winds and frequent lightning incoming. Gold Coast you're next,'' the advice said.

Ipswich, Brisbane and then the Sunshine Coast were then awoken.

There was no official warning from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Just before 4.30am Energex reported the following outages

Lightning strikes over Brisbane in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Photo: Thomas Hinterdorfer via Higgins Storm Chasing / Facebook
Lightning strikes over Brisbane in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Photo: Thomas Hinterdorfer via Higgins Storm Chasing / Facebook

Brisbane City   2965   
Gold Coast City   1729   
Logan City   1062   
Scenic Rim Regional   31   
Somerset Regional   1   
Sunshine Coast   59   

The BOM radar shows the storm line stretching along the coastline.
The BOM radar shows the storm line stretching along the coastline.

Deborah Garard wrote on Higgins' Facebok page: "Awesome! I reckon the whole of SE QLD is awake atm! I can't remember the last time we have had a good one like this. Growing up electrical storms were so frequent and beautiful. God! I need a house with a verandah on a hill!"

Bernadette Jane Austin reported a "stunning lightning show" in Ipswich which finished just after 3am..

Tahnya Mopar wrote: Getting a hiding in Beenleigh! Can't believe (BOM) has no warning! There (sic) hopeless! Happens all the time, so I go to you guys :).

Myalee Palmer-Holm wrote: "I'm at Hemmant, and it's an amazing light show, with house rockin thunder!

Joshua Sullivan was equally impressed: "Honestly haven't seen or heard lightning like this ever. Insane lightning, absolutely insane."

Extreme weather chaser Thomas Hinterdorfer captured this cracker of a photo at Stanthorpe. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing / Facebook
Extreme weather chaser Thomas Hinterdorfer captured this cracker of a photo at Stanthorpe. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing / Facebook

There were also massive lightning strikes recorded across the Darling Downs with spectacular captures at Stanthorpe.

Extreme weather chaser Thomas Hinterdorfer started his 13 hour 'chase' of the storms from the Darlings Downs to Brisbane.

"Brisbane CBD getting struck by intense storms delivering a lightning bombardment and heavy rain at 3am!,'' he wrote on his Facebook page.

"I was lucky enough to be driving home from the Darling Downs when the chaos started and was able to get up to Mt Coot-tha to watch the light show unfold."

Céline Boyce McKinlay wrote: "Unbelievable Lightning across the Darling Downs as Well as a Few Storms and Very Loud Thunder.

Joshua Sullivan said the "lightning here in Brisbane is just absolutely piercing, never heard anything like it."

Louise Smith recorded the sentiments of many pet owners: "Definitely awake in Thornlands.... Poor dog."

About 3am, Jack Macklin wrote: "Brisbane's northern suburbs are getting smashed."

 

Topics:  brisbane darling downs editors picks ipswich south-east queensland storms sunshine coast



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