Day turns to night at 3pm along Wises Road, Maroochydore.
Day turns to night at 3pm along Wises Road, Maroochydore. Nicholas Falconer

Woman struck by lightning in storm

A GLASSHOUSE Mountains woman was stuck by lightning this afternoon as severe storms ripped through the Sunshine Coast.

The woman, 30, went to Glasshouse Family Practice complaining that she had been struck by lightening at her home around 2pm.

Queensland Ambulance Service was called to the general practice and she was transported to Caboolture Hospital in a stable condition.

Around 4pm a spokeswoman for Queensland Health said medical staff was still assessing her for injuries.

The Coast copped a pelting this afternoon with places like Maroochydore and Sippy Downs recording about 40mm of rain in the hour to 4.30pm.

Maleny had 53mm in the past seven hours, while Beerburrum had 55mm in the same period.

Mountain Creek had 32mm of rain in the hour until 4.30pm, while Palmwoods had 20mm.

Maroochydore had 56 in seven hours - 41 of which were in the hour up until 4.30pm.

Energex said that since 11am, around 70,000 homes and businesses have lost power across South East Queensland due to the severe weather.

The majority of customers had their supply restored within two hours with around 6500 homes and businesses without supply at 2.30pm.

Worst affected areas have been around Moreton Bay Region, Brisbane City, Logan City and Beenleigh.

Continued lightning strikes and access to flood-affected areas were hindering the remaining restoration efforts with crews waiting for water levels to recede before repairs can be undertaken.

More than 2000 lightning strikes were recorded on the GPATs system between 11am and 2.30pm.

ENERGEX has urged people to remain aware of any floodwaters and their relative location to dangerous live electricity.

More photos, storm stories in tomorrow's Sunshine Coast Daily.

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information.



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