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Wild storms put on 'phenomenal' central Qld lightning show

By Paul Robinson, Tuesday November 26, 2013 - 09:22 EDT

Central Queensland has again been battered by a series of severe storms overnight, with heavy rain falling in many areas and residents treated to spectacular lightning flashes.

Grazier Ross Cullum says 75 millimetres of rain fell at his property at Marlua, south of Calliope near Gladstone.

"It was absolutely pouring, it was absolutely unbelievable - the lightning, the rain and the wind," he said.

"We were sitting on the back verandah having a few beers and I said to my mate, 'you better get going, I can hear the creek coming' and that all happened within 30 minutes.

"About two-and-a-half metres of water just came down the creek and wiped our phone out.

"I can see trees around the house here and the lightning was just unbelievable."

The weather bureau says central Queensland can expect more storms today.

Bureau spokesman Benj Blunt says he was amazed by the lightning.

"Really big system there - went right across, just south of Gladstone, Benaraby area, Calliope those sort of places," he said.

"It was amazing wasn't it ... five or six lightning flashes per second almost and lighting up the whole sky even though a lot of the rest of the sky had no cloud in it.

"It was phenomenal to see from a distance anyway."


© ABC 2013

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