22 February 2011

Storms batter Ipswich region

A FAST-moving storm saw Ipswich's bright blue sky turn black yesterday afternoon, bring rain, lightning and strong winds.
The storm hit Ipswich shortly after 3pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued warnings that the storm cell could bring damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones.
On Ipswich's border, thunderstorms produced very heavy rainfall at Wacol, with 85mm falling in an hour and 70mm in just 30 minutes.
The Ipswich Motorway experienced delays in both directions at Goodna, Redbank and Gailes shortly after 4pm due to the storm.
Energex reported power outages in the Lockyer Valley, with almost 4000 properties blacked out at 4.30pm.
The storm brought a cool change to the city, after temperatures were a sweltering 35C at 1pm.
By 2.46pm it had dropped to 24.7C and stayed in the low 20s for most of the afternoon. A second wave of storms brought torrential rains to the region close to 5pm.
By 6.30pm about 17,000 homes and businesses in Ipswich surrounds, covering an area from Rosewood to Wacol, had lost power due to lightning strikes.
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