A ferocious thunderstorm hit parts of the Gold Coast yesterday, smashing suburbs with strong winds, rain and copious amounts of hailstones, some the size of golf balls.
The fierce and quick storm formed early in the South East on Sunday afternoon before hurtling towards the northern Gold Coast around 2.30pm.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the super cells brought scattered rain falls of 10-20mm across the south east, with some isolated falls up to 39mm.
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Hail up to 6cm was also reported, with the monster hail stones leaving a trail of destruction.
The suburbs that copped the worst of it were Helensvale, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Ashmore, Coomera and Pimpma.
A motorist was event treated by paramedics after lightning struck a car on Patonga Street in Ashmore around 3.20pm.
Thankfully they were uninjured and didn’t need to be taken to hospital.
Further north and Energex crews were kept busy with mass blackouts from Logan up to the Sunshine Coast.
“Crews working to restore power to 16,000 SEQ customers after severe storms. 78,000 lightning strikes & 37 lines down,” Energex wrote.
Crews have restored power to 9000 customers from today’s storm, but extensive damage means some will be off supply til tomorrow. Storms snapped a concrete pole on a main Sunny Coast feeder; dozens of trees in lines. Report fallen lines to 000. 11,900 off at 8pm. pic.twitter.com/X8AF7cQ6Xi
— Energex (@Energex) November 17, 2019