Lightning over highway at Forest Glen

SEQ could be hit by another storm after Ripley's 'tornado'

SOUTHEAST Queensland could be hit with more storms on Thursday, as the region mops up from a dramatic storm on Wednesday which caused flash flooding, traffic chaos and left thousands without power.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was a chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon in Brisbane.

However there is only a 40 per cent chance of rain, and the potential rainfall would be less than 4mm.

On Wednesday,social media was abuzz with photographs of submerged cars at Bowen Hills, flooded roads across the city and lightning strikes - including an exploding tree, struck by lightning outside the Tip Top bakery at Slacks Creek.

The storm warnings started shortly after 2pm, with an expected 30 millimetres predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Ninety millimetres was recorded in just 60 minutes at Geebung, while Inala hit triple figures - 100 millimetre in an hour.

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Footage posted to Facebook revealed what many described as "the eye of the storm" in Providence, South Ripley, a community with a population of under 1000 residents just out of Ipswich.

"The eye of the scariest storm I've ever witnessed," wrote Matty Gilchrist, who posted the clip.

Many were comparing the footage to the tornadoes seen in the United States.

25,000 homes and businesses lose power after 16,000 lightning strikes

Energex crews have worked through the night to restore power to around 25,000 homes and businesses affected by a line of storms which rolled through South East Queensland yesterday.

At 5am around 530 customers were still without supply in parts of Ipswich, Brisbane, Logan and the Sunshine Coast areas. Replacement crews and contractors will be in the field from first light to continue to the repair effort to reconnect the remaining homes and businesses.

Overnight more than 100 Energex crews were working in difficult conditions to repair the damaged overhead and 

underground power network.

Energex thanks customers for their patience while crews continue to reconnect those areas. Home owners waking up this morning still without power are urged to contact our Loss of Supply line on 13 62 62 to ensure we are aware of that power outage.

The storm cells brought winds gusting to more than 100km/h, localised heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding, while more than 16,000 lightning strikes were recorded on the GPATs system.

The worst affected areas were around the Redbank Plains in Ipswich, Sunnybank, Coorparoo, Tennyson and Northgate/Nundah in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

With more storms forecast for today and over the next week, Energex urges homes and businesses to take the time to prepare for electrical outages caused by severe weather events.

If members of the public see any powerlines brought down or damaged, they are urged to keep themselves and others well away and phone Energex's priority emergency number 13 19 62.

For power restoration updates, visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Power restoration information is available from the company's Loss of Supply phone number 13 62 62.

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