Vicious storms bring thousands of lightning strikes

Lightning strikes over Mooloolaba.
Lightning strikes over Mooloolaba. Jan Bathersby

THE Noosa area was hardest hit as two fast-moving storms swept across the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded as the storms converged, bringing down several trees in the northern area.

The storms dumped 30mm of rain in Mooloolaba and Maroochydore while Tewantin recorded 22mm.

It was a different story inland, with Nambour recording just 0.8mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology said winds of 96kph were recorded at Peel Island in Moreton Bay at 4pm.

Strongest gusts on the Sunshine Coast were 67kph at Maroochydore and 57kph at Tewantin.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of more storms heading for Noosa about 6pm but they passed by with little effect.

Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard said the storm system extended west to Charleville, so the Sunshine Coast could expect a series of smaller storms overnight and into Sunday morning as it headed eastward.

Topics:  storm weather

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