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120mm of rain falls in one hour over Queensland

120mm of rain falls in one hour over Queensland
Roads turned to rivers and cars were submerged or left bobbing along floodwaters after severe storms smashed south-east Queensland.
It was the second consecutive afternoon of storms for the region and today's weather struck swiftly and with a frightening ferocity.
At its peak, 120mm of rain fell in an hour on the Gold Coast.
In Southport, 76mm fell in only 30 minutes.
Further north in Brisbane, it took only 15 minutes for parts of Old Cleveland Road to flood.
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At least two drivers had to be rescued from cars after trying to navigate flooded streets.
The storm cell struck with such power it lifted a 30kg manhole cover.
Heavy storms are lashing Queensland's south-east. (Weatherzone)
Lightning struck down with the regularity of a metronome, one causing a transformer to explode. It forced the evacuation of a Biggera Waters apartment block.
Since noon there were more than 70 callouts to SES, the majority of those were for leaking ceilings and blocked gutters.
Outside of the south-east, the forecast into the weekend is for rain and possible storms all the way to Queensland's tropical far north and the Barkly Tableland.
Rain could come as a temporary relief to drought-stricken areas of the state, particularly in the south.
Stay up to date with warnings and information on the Bureau of Meteorology website.