Severe Storm Cells on Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Border Ranges

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Storms began to form afternoon around lunch time with a small storm cell developing near Kilcoy. The storm rapidly intensified moving slowly north. It produced some very impressive mammatus formations over the Sunshine Coast. For a while it was marked as “Very Dangerous” on the Bureau of Meteorology warning. It produce hail and some strong wind gusts.

AWN Kingaroy Camera took this image at 5:38PM

AWN Kingaroy Camera took this image at 5:38PM

Meanwhile another some more cells formed near Kilcoy at around 3:30PM. These cell followed a similar path, but covered a larger area, moving towards Tin Can Bay. Lightning trackers show a very impressive number of lightning strikes in this area.

Turbulent Cloud Base at Gympie at 6:06PM

Turbulent Cloud Base and Rain Shaft at Gympie at 6:06PM

Further to the North West a very impressive looking supercell formed near Miles and moved North East past Gayndah and Gin Gin in the early evening.

AWN's Sunshine Beach camera got this great sunset sillouette

AWN’s Sunshine Beach camera got this great sunset sillouette

Another round of storms fired up at around 10pm with new storm cells popping up over the Brisbane CBD, near Kilcoy, in the Lockyer Valley and near Warwick. The cells near Brisbane and Kilcoy produced some epic lightning shows, with lots of fast flashing staccato lightning strikes. These cells were slow moving and dumped a lot of rain as well. The Warwick storm was massive and has been reported as a supercell.

Lightning at Woody Point - Photo by David Findlay

Lightning at Woody Point – Photo by David Findlay

Near Pomona, a tree brought down across the Bruce Highway by the storms may have caused a fatal car crash. The tree was first reported to Police at 5:45 and the crash apparently occured at 6pm.

Lightning at Woody Point - Photo by David Findlay

Lightning at Woody Point – Photo by David Findlay

Rainfall totals across the Brisbane area were between 15 and 20mm of rain. The highest rainfall total in the South East was at Sunday Creek near Kilcoy, the location where many of the severe cells formed. They got 52mm. Bands from Kenilworth to Toolara and from Warwick to the Southern Locker Valley received 30 to 45mm of rain.

Lightning at Woody Point - Photo by David Findlay

Lightning at Woody Point – Photo by David Findlay

More storms are likely to occur today(Thursday) so be keeping an eye on the radar and warnings for any developments.

Lightning at Woody Point - Photo by David Findlay

Lightning at Woody Point – Photo by David Findlay

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