Crazy lightning storm smashes the Gold Coast, more wild weather forecast

A DEAFENING thunderstorm smashed the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon, and we’re being warned there is more to come.

The storm put on a spectacular lightning show, with thousands of bolts touching down throughout the afternoon.

During the height of the storm, about 4000 homes and businesses were without power across the city, torrential rainfall reduced the M1 to a crawl and many roads were affected by flash flooding.


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The northern Gold Coast received the heaviest falls, with Coomera collecting a welcomed 56mm.

The Gold Coast Seaway recorded 36mm, Coombabah 35mm and Pacific Pines 31mm, while widespread falls of 10-20mm were recorded elsewhere.

Traffic lights were blacked out at many major intersections and hinterland roads were partially blocked by downed trees.

Powerlines were also brought down in a number of suburbs, including on Island of Capri.

But as most of us sought cover, budding photographers took to the streets armed with their cameras eager to get “that shot”. 

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Don’t put away the umbrella just yet – the Bureau of Meteorology says there is more to come.

Another hot and humid cloudy day is forecast for today, with a very high 95% chance of showers and another severe storm with anywhere up to 40mm tipped to fall. 

For tips on being prepared this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready

PICTURE: Karl Fulstow‎

PICTURE: Karl Fulstow‎

PICTURE: Karl Fulstow‎

PICTURE: Karl Fulstow‎

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PICTURE: Melissa Jonce Holmes Ellemor

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PICTURE: Brett A Linsley

 

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