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Thunder and lightning at the QLD/NSW border

Mellissa Mackellar, Sunday October 13, 2013 - 16:58 EDT

Saturday saw thunderstorms firing up near the border of Queensland and New South Wales and there's more action on the way.

A low pressure trough triggered an impressive light show and some decent falls on Saturday, firing up from around mid afternoon and mainly affecting QLD's Darling Downs and NSW's Northern Tablelands.

The heaviest falls in QLD were in Texas, where 17mm fell and in Inglewood, where 11mm was recorded. For both towns it was the heaviest falls in about a month.

Goondiwindi Airport picked up just under 5mm but was lively with lightning, with about 1000 lightning strikes recorded within 50km between 5 and 7pm.

Across the border, Tenterfield saw just 3mm, while to the southwest, the gauge at Bolvia picked up 23mm. Glen Innes only saw less than one millimetre from the storms, although winds gusted over 70km/h as they approached during the evening.

Thunderstorms are likely in both southern QLD and northern NSW on Sunday afternoon and evening.

The first lightning strikes had already sparked up by 4pm, this time in the area around Carinda and Coonamble. A severe storm warning has been issued for NSW's North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper Western districts. At Coonamble a wind gust of 85km/h has already been recorded.

- Weatherzone

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