Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

A water spout and 100km/hr winds buffeted Bribie Island on Sunday afternoon as thunderstorms made their way across South East Queensland.

Residents say the water spout was huge, and Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Andrew Bufalino said it wasn't the only event affecting Bribie.

"Yeah, basically there was a water-spout spotted just off the coast," he said.

"But even on land at Bribie Island, we had some damaging winds of approximately 100km/hr, so quite a significant storm that pushed over."

The storms which crossed the south east of the state passed out to sea on Sunday evening, leaving blacked out homes and some fallen trees - but little other damage.

The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a number of warnings throughout Sunday, starting with the Gold Coast region, and then covering the Scenic Rim, Brisbane's north, and finally the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie.

However, by 6PM the bureau was advising that severe thunderstorms were no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area, and that the threat of severe thunderstorms has passed.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, an Ipswich man was reportedly treated after a lightning strike near his home, and thousands of homes lost power as the storms moved north.