Child fighting for life after being struck by lightning during violent south-east Queensland storm

A child struck by lightning during a violent storm system sweeping across south-east Queensland is fighting for life in hospital.

The child was struck during the storm at a private property on Clarkes Rd in Beerwah, on the Sunshine Coast, at about 2.30pm, the Courier-Mail reported.

Critical care paramedics rushed the child to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

It comes as record-breaking damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain continue to wreak havoc across Queensland’s southeast. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued several severe weather warnings since the storms began moving over the region on Friday.

In the line of fire are Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Brisbane City, Moreton Bay and Gympie council areas.