by lisa.googe and Dane Lillingstone
6:30 PM Offices, pubs and cafes across the main street of Stanthorpe are in complete darkness this evening as a storm tears over the town and the rain continues to pour.
The Central Hotel's Renee Meehan said it was the second time in the last few weeks the pub has been drenched in rain.
"It comes up the balcony and at the back through the kitchen," she said.
"It wrecked a lot of cask wine a couple weeks ago. I don't really know what you can do."
Stanthorpe Plaza was also smashed by the rain with the main food court turning into a temporary slip and slide.
Workers from Millers and shopping centre staff were doing the best they could but the carpet in the Millers store was saturated in minutes. They said the centre floods every time in rains.
Len Leigh was on deck helping out the clean-up but said it was unavoidable.
"What are you going to do?" he asked. "It's just nature and with that amount of water blocked up, this is what happens."
The Bureau of Meteorology warns severe thunderstorms have been detected on the radar near Dalveen and the NSW border.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and northeast and are forecast to affect the area south of Warwick by 6:35 pm and the area southeast of Warwick, Killarney and Murray Bridge by 7:05 pm.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.
Parts of Stanthorpe recorded over 50mm in 60 minutes, much of it falling within half an hour to 5.30pm
5:30 PM: AROUND 1600 homes are experiencing power outages in Stanthorpe as storms smash the region.
4:50 PM A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the storms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Inglewood, Allora and Clifton.
35mm was recorded at Terraine Alert near Inglewood in the 30 minutes to 4.30pm