More than one million lightning strikes erupted across Australia in the past 24 hours as thunderstorms swept across the country.
Weatherzone’s Total Lightning Network detected 1.37 million lightning pulses across central and eastern Australia during the 24 hours ending at 8am on Thursday.
These consisted of both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
Unprecedented floods in outback
The rain that came from these prolific storms has inundated the Australian outback, cutting off roads and flooding some creeks and rivers.
The Todd River is surging through Alice Springs this morning after the town collected around 140mm during the last three days.
This included 100.2mm during the 24 hours to 9am local time on Wednesday, which was its heaviest daily rain in 21 years.
Further east, widespread falls of 30-60mm have been recorded across western, central and southern QLD, and northern and central NSW on Wednesday into Thursday morning.
This included 86.8mm at Applethorpe during the 23 hours to 8am local time on Thursday, its highest daily total in nine years.
More rain and storms on the way
Thursday is going to another big day of wet and stormy weather for parts of central, southern and eastern Australia.
A deepening low pressure system and associated low pressure trough will produce widespread rain and thunderstorms over QLD, NSW, the ACT, Vic and SA on Thursday.
The video below shows where and how much rain one computer model is predicting on Thursday alone.
Numerous flood watches, flood warnings and severe weather warnings are already in place and these will be updated regularly in the coming days. Check the latest warnings in your area for up-to-date details and never drive through floodwater.
Sydney and Brisbane will be impacted by the low pressure system today with showers and possible storms forecast.
Residents are warned not to drive through floodwaters. Some of Thursday’s rain will be falling over already saturated ground, so flooding is likely. Check the latest warnings in your area for up-to-date details and never drive through floodwater. [WeatherZone]