Gracemere skyline. 03-10-13
Gracemere skyline. 03-10-13

Hammering rain, pea-sized hail and lightning show in Rocky

7.40am: JUST an hour after a severe storm warning was issued for Rockhampton, the region was hammered by heavy rain and small hailstones.

In the space of 30 minutes from 5pm, Rockhampton received more than 10mm of rain.

As the rain got heavier, pea-sized hailstones fell in many parts of the region.

And while the rain may have been welcomed by firefighters who had been battling blazes earlier, a number of road accidents and flash flooding made for a busy night for emergency services.

More than 25mm of rain hit Rockhampton before the warning was called off at 8pm, giving the city one of the highest rainfall totals from the storm that extended to most of the State's coast.


7.15pm: More than 20mm of rain in two hours soaked Rockhampton this evening as a line of thunderstorms rolled across Central Queensland.

There were reports of leaking buildings, flash flooding and pea sized hail.

5.45pm: HAIL stones the size of peas are falling in the Rockhampton area as heavy rain hits the region.

A line of thunderstorms is rolling across Central Queensland, causing localised flooding in some areas.


Breaking 5.00pm: SEVERE thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay waters, Maryborough, Town Of 1770 and Childers. 

This comes after a busy day for fire fighters around Rockhampton who have been battling blazes throughout the region, including a signifficant grass fire in Bajool, which has now been extinguished.

The next warning is due to be issued by 6:50 pm.

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