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Two men injured after close contact with lightning

DANGER IN THE SKIES: Kathleen Gaske snapped this shot of a storm approaching Stanthorpe yesterday afternoon. Two men were hospitalised after near-misses with lightning strikes in Stanthorpe.
DANGER IN THE SKIES: Kathleen Gaske snapped this shot of a storm approaching Stanthorpe yesterday afternoon. Two men were hospitalised after near-misses with lightning strikes in Stanthorpe. Kathleen Gaske

A LIGHTNING strike threw one Stanthorpe man two metres and gave another a hell of a fright as a number of severe storms swept across the region, dumping inches of rain yesterday.

At 11.30am a man in Lock St was reportedly thrown two metres after a lightning strike hit close-by.

A Queensland Emergency Services spokesman said the man was transported to Stanthorpe Hospital as a precaution.

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"It is not believed he was directly struck by lightning," he said.

Meanwhile, shortly after 3pm another man was almost struck by lightning at a home in Rich St.

It is believed the man was standing near a clothes line, which was struck by lightning and was also transported to Stanthorpe Hospital

Severe storms fired up from mid-morning, with several fronts passing over the region throughout the day.

There were widespread reports of heavy downpours in Stanthorpe, Allora and Killarney, as Warwick yet again missed much-needed rain.

Allora copped falls of up to 50mm in an hour at around lunchtime, as a storm front dumped heavy rain and strong wind gusts.

A Bennett St resident told the Daily News she received 37mm of rain between 11.30am - 12.30pm.

"We've probably had about 100mm of rain in the past week," she said.

"We didn't have any hail but it was very, very windy."

Roads around Allora were cut by minor flooding, including Darrs Rd near Spring Creek.

While it was looking good for Warwick earlier in the morning, the storms split striking hard to the north and the south - including reports of damage from wind and hail in Killarney.

Warwick officially recorded just 3mm up to 7pm, while there were unconfirmed reports of up to 78mm in Killarney.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting storms to intensify today, with falls of up to 100mm possible in areas of the Southern Downs.

 

 

Rainfall totals

(9am-7pm yesterday)

 Warwick: 3mm

 Stanthorpe: 51mm

 Killarney: 48mm

 The Head: 59mm

 Goomburra: 32mm

 Bony Mountain: 55mm

 Queen Mary Falls: 46mm

 Storm King Dam: 91mm

Topics:  editors picks lightning storms warwick



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