Storms bring good rain, but disruptions
By MIKARLA THURECHT
ROCKHAMPTON re-ceived 30mm of rain in two hours yesterday as the first summertime storm of the season lashed the area.
Almost 4800 homes lost power, traffic lights ceased glowing, boom gates went down and refused to come up, and a couple of vehicle accidents were reported.
Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Griffin said the storm lasted from about noon to 2pm and delivered impressive isolated falls.
He said while Rockhampton had been right in the middle of the storm, Gracemere also recorded good rain with 40mm, as did Glenmore with 20mm.
Mr Griffin said had yesterday's rainfall been included in the bureau's November statistics, Rock-hampton would have reached its average for the month.
Instead, the city fell about 30mm short of the 69.1mm average with 38.8mm for the month.
Mr Griffin said widespread thunderstorm activity could again be expected today through most of Cen- tral Queensland.
On the power front, 2595 Allenstown, Depot Hill and Rockhampton households lost power from 12.17pm to 4.55pm when lightning brought a conductor to the ground in West Street (power had been restored to all but 340 by 4pm). Power was briefly cut to 2200 households at Gracemere, Etna Creek, The Caves and Alton Downs.