LIGHTNING STRIKES: More than a hundred strikes recorded on the Southern Downs.
LIGHTNING STRIKES: More than a hundred strikes recorded on the Southern Downs.

STORM DAMAGE: Hail, fires and internal flooding

SEVERE storms blew in to the Southern Downs overnight, yielding more than 100mm of rainfall in pockets to the east and southeast of Warwick.

While the rain was a welcome relief to many, it did not come without a cost.

Warwick Fire Service was called to a lightning strike near the Warwick golf course at around 9pm.

According to officer Dennis Burton, the strike caused a small grass fire that was quickly put out by the heavy rain.

Another caller told the station they saw the Warwick tip on fire.

“There could have been another lightning strike there,” Mr Burton said.

“But it was out by the time we arrived, so there’s no evidence either way.”

Hundreds of strikes were recorded over the region in just a few hours, according to Lightning Maps.

State Emergency Services were called to four homes that experienced internal flooding due to leaky roofs, according to Warwick local controller John Newley.

Dangerous conditions prevented crews from attending overnight but they arrived to help in the early morning.

More than 100 homes lost power, according to Ergon Energy.

Outages were reported in Hendon, Deuchar, Massie, Upper Freestone, Womina, Willowvale, Rosehill and Warwick on Thursday morning.

Hail, reported to be the size of golf balls, caused damage around Yangan and Maryvale.

Catherine Cazaly, of the Warwick Community Van, shared photos demonstrating the extensive damage done to her van, including broken windows and dented exterior.



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