Brisbane copped its first big summer thunderstorm yesterday, causing flash flooding and blackouts and bringing the train system to a halt.
The storm swept in across the city from the south-west just after 4pm and heavy rain created a spontaneous waterfall down stairs in Post Office Square in the CBD.
Nearly 10,000 homes around the city were left without power, with another 3000 in Ipswich also blacked out.
The rail system ground to a halt, with the tracks flooded at Fortitude Valley station and services also suspended at the key Roma Street and Central stations during peak hour, delaying thousands of commuters on their trip home.
Flash flooding submerged several vehicles, with emergency services crews dispatched to Inala, where a mother and child were trapped in a car.
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