Sky lights up as storm rolls across town

Shane Weatherall sent in this photo of lightning over Gladstone.
Shane Weatherall sent in this photo of lightning over Gladstone. Shane Weatherall

A SPECTACULAR lightning show lit up Gladstone skies on Sunday night as a thunderstorm rolled across town.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 7.20pm.

Keen weather watcher Shane Weatherall captured the perfect shot of the light show, taken from Auckland Hill.

"As a keen lover of photography and also a lover of the weather, I have been chasing an awesome photo of some lightning for a while," he said.

"Everything came together Sunday night when we were treated to an amazing light show over the entire town.

"It wasn't confined to one cell, but a number of cells in a number of directions were producing an incredible show for everyone.

"It was nothing short of spectacular and all free from Mother Nature."

Gladstone recorded 18mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Monday, with 13mm at Boyne Island, 20mm at Benaraby and 15mm at Awoonga Dam.

Wet weather is expected to linger in Gladstone until at least Wednesday.

A small inland trough will make its way to the coast on Tuesday, possibly bringing rainfall of up to 100mm.

The forecast for Monday is showers and a top of 34 degrees.

Awoonga Dam is sitting at 105% capacity with a level of 40.56m.

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