Girl struck by lightning: 10yo fights for life, Man struck by lightning on Gold Coast, QLD storm

A 10-year-old girl is fighting for life after she was struck by a lightning bolt during severe storms in southeast Queensland.

Massive hail, powerful wind gusts, and more than 30,000 lightning strikes were recorded as a severe thunderstorm swept through the region on Saturday.

Critical care paramedics took the 10-year-old girl in a critical condition to Sunshine Coast University Hospital after she was struck by lightning at a home at 2.20pm.

After 4pm, a man in his 60s was struck by lightning at a home in Biggera Waters, in the northern suburbs of the Gold Coast.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital in a stable condition.

Lightning was not the only cause for a string of electrocutions over the weekend, with fallen power lines creating a deadly hazard on the state’s roads.

On Friday night, 30-year-old Bala Naga Manendra Kopparthi was helping to move a tree branch that had fallen onto the road at Murarrie, in Brisbane’s east, when he was electrocuted by a fallen power line.

He died at the scene.

There are more than 3700 homes still without power in the state’s southeast on Sunday morning after storms rolled through overnight.

The worst impacted suburbs are Conondale, Kin Kin, Mount Mee and Witta.

Large hail measuring up to 4 cm – or as big as a cricket ball- rained down on the Sunshine and Fraser coasts overnight as powerful wind gusts of up to 89km/h whipped through.

As of 6.30pm, a severe storm warning had extended over 400km of coastline between Noosa and Gladstone.

The bureau had warned a “very dangerous storm with intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding” risked hitting the region, bringing damaging winds, large hailstones, and heavy rainfall.

It’s the latest in a spate of wild weather to lash the Sunshine State, after freak storms caused widespread damage across Brisbane and the wider region on Friday night.

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