PICS: Residents scramble to get ‘that shot’ as epic lightning storm strikes the Gold Coast

GOLD Coasters were treated to a spectacular lightning show on Tuesday as an intense electrical storm lashed parts of the city.

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A line of severe storms first flared up inland, well west of the hinterland just after midday before marching east and impacting on Gold Coast suburbs around 4pm.


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The centre of the cell that struck parts of the city swung just to north of Nerang before contracting offshore of Jacobs Well an hour later.

Hardest hit suburbs included Pacific Pines, Helensvale, Oxenford, Upper Coomera, Coomera, Santa Barbara and Hope Island.

The popular Facebook page Gold Coast Weather & News Together with an online following of close to 100,000 people was inundated with residents eager to share their photos and videos of the event.

We’ve collated some of the best for you below.

Lightning stikes the Gold Coast's iconic Q1 tower in Surfers Paradise | PICTURE: Dean Johnson

Lightning strikes the Gold Coast’s iconic Q1 tower in Surfers Paradise | PICTURE: Dean Johnson

Lightning strikes Maudsland in the Gold Coast west | PICTURE: Geoff White

Lightning strikes Maudsland in the Gold Coast west | PICTURE: Geoff White

Lightning touches down near Coomera Train Station | PICTURE: Danielle Swain

Lightning touches down near Coomera Train Station | PICTURE: Danielle Swain

Twin bolts touch down in Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast | PICTURE: Tracy Russo

Twin bolts touch down in Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast | PICTURE: Tracy Russo

Impressive "mammatus" clouds blanket the Gold Coast ahead of the storm | PICTURE: Donna Weston

Impressive “mammatus” clouds blanket the Gold Coast ahead of the storm | PICTURE: Donna Weston

Lightning strikes the ranges in the distance behind Biggera Waters | PICTURE: Elaine Smith Teboekhorst

Lightning strikes the ranges in the distance behind Biggera Waters | PICTURE: Elaine Smith Teboekhorst

Threatening clouds build over Upper Coomera | PICTURE: Liam George Norwood

Threatening clouds build over Upper Coomera | PICTURE: Liam George Norwood

The Gold Coast's iconic Q1 tower was hit by lightning multiple times during Tuesday's storms | PICTURE: Annie White

The Gold Coast’s iconic Q1 tower was hit by lightning multiple times during Tuesday’s storms | PICTURE: Annie White

Incredibly close dangerous cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning strike in Upper Coomera | PICTURE: Jennah Brooke Maurovic

Incredibly close dangerous cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning strike in Upper Coomera | PICTURE: Jennah Brooke Maurovic

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