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Early morning light show rumbles through SEQ as storms return to region

A fast moving storm which swept across south-east Queensland overnight, bringing heavy rain and up to 66,000 lightning strikes with it, may be a taste of things to come over the next couple of days.

May 11, 2021, updated May 11, 2021
Lightning strikes over Brisbane early Tuesday morning. Photo: Alan Nolan/Twitter

Lightning strikes over Brisbane early Tuesday morning. Photo: Alan Nolan/Twitter

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the return of wet weather to the region by this afternoon, with the chance of a severe thunderstorm in the evening.

Strong winds and heavy rain accompanied the storm which raced through at about 1.30am on Tuesday, cutting power to thousands of households in various southern suburbs to the Gold Coast.

About 350 households were still without power ban mid morning on Tuesday, mostly in the Underwood and Eden’s Landing area.

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Some suburbs received up to 20mm of rain at the height of the storm.

Thunderstorms were detected northwest of Warwick and Clifton on Tuesday but BOM expects activity to build throughout the day, with the most severe weather occurring on Wednesday.

BOM said an upper trough moving east would “amplify” showers and storms in the region before moving offshore on Thursday.

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