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Kandanga grazier Mick Seeney is happy to get solid falls but says much more is still needed across the Gympie region. - ABC

South-East Queensland could see a third consecutive day of storms, after a number of "intense cells" battered parts of the region again yesterday.

Persistent heavy rain, strong winds and damaging hail cut power to more than 5,000 homes and caused flash flooding in some areas.

As the storms swept through, more than 80,000 lightning strikes were recorded by Energex and 18 power lines were torn down.

Senior Meteorologist Felim Hanniffy said the system was lingering today and may bring another wave of wild weather.  

"It's very coastal at the moment but it could bring a chance of some shower and storm activity as it clears off," he said.

"There's still instability around late morning and early afternoon so it's worth keeping an eye on."

In the past 24 hours, some of the heaviest rainfall was recorded inland of Noosa — around 80 millimetres — and parts of the Wide Bay and Southern Downs received up to 100mm throughout the deluge.

Downpours totalling about 150mm in Brisbane over the past four days has seen the capital exceed its October average.

Meteorologist Pieter Claassen said the recently declared La Niña was providing the moisture for thunderstorms to feed off.

"We still need those weather systems to come through and essentially fire the trigger of that loaded gun but when those weather systems do come through … we can certainly see events like this, where you received much more rainfall," he said.

Fire danger for southern districts

Mr Claassen said clearer and warmer weather was on the horizon but warned Queenslanders to be aware of other weather risks heading into the weekend.

"By Friday pretty much all of the weather throughout the entire state should have cleared off and look like we're heading to sunny days," he said.

"Even some severe fire dangers forecast for southern districts as well — so really quite a big turnaround."

Gympie District Beef Association president Mick Seeney said it was a relief just to see some green again after the heavy downpours.

"Before that it was just desolate you know, the grass was really short, the cattle were really hungry and you know the farmers were just losing the confidence that it was going to rain again," he said.

Mr Seeney said it was a welcome start but more rain was needed.

"This only provides grasses, but no run-off and in most places there's very little surface water left," he said.

Amamoor organic avocado farmer John Tidy is overjoyed at his farm, west of Gympie, receiving 170mm of rain in the past three days.

"When the rain came I was just so excited and I did take some of my clothing off and ran out and danced in the rain," he said.

"I was so ecstatic and excited.

"Amamoor Creek has only started flowing today after 10 months of not running."

Mr Tidy said his 1,000 avocado trees had not seen received a decent shower since January and he feared he would lose the lot.

"I got quite depressed because when you've got 1,000 trees and all you can do is sit back and watch them die."

He said the rain had lifted spirits in the region for ginger and macadamia growers and cattle farmers.

"It's been really tough for all us farmers around this area not being able to irrigate from the creek," he said.

"Now look at it, look how green it is, it's fantastic."

To the south, Kandanga grazier Mick Seeney's property received 76mm in 48 hours.

"It's a wonderful feeling to get out of bed and know that it's rained," he said.

"My wife spent the whole night watching the radar and telling me, 'It's coming, it's coming'."

He said the rain has been widespread in the Gympie region but much more was still needed to break the drought.

"Most of the dams are dry or half empty so we need rain to refresh the aquifer, if we don't get that we're in a lot of trouble," Mr Seeney said.

"Everyone I spoke to has got upwards of 40mm, there was a little patch who didn't get much."

ABC