Trees are down around the region after a categorised
Trees are down around the region after a categorised "severe" storm changed tack and smashed Gympie and surrounds last night. Contributed

UPDATE: Power (mostly) restored to 1810 region households after storm

UPDATE 7.30am:

JUST 19 houses remain without power in the Gympie region following massive outages across the region on the weekend after a ferocious storm pounded the region late Saturday.

"A loss of supply due to damage requiring emergency repairs," is the reason for the remaining Widgee outage on Gerber, Gympie-Woolooga and Hawkins Roads, according to the Ergon Energy website, and may possibly not even be storm related.

The power cell that dropped torrential rain and produced wind gusts that tire through the region about 5.30pm on Saturday was responsible for blackouts to more than 1000 homes.

Power was restored to many late Saturday night, with areas to the north such as Glenwood being switched back on late yesterday. 

EARLIER:

GYMPIE residents are cleaning up this morning after a storm changed direction and slammed the region around 6pm last night.

Winds of between 30-40kph were recorded in Gympie and while these didn't reach the "severe" category the Bureau of Meteorology was predicting, they were enough to cause trees and powerlines to come down.

 

Trees are down around the region after a categorised
Trees are down around the region after a categorised "severe" storm changed tack and smashed Gympie and surrounds last night. Contributed

An Ergon energy spokesman said power is still out in Gunalda, Gootchie, Glenwood and Lower Wonga and is expected to be restored incrementally by 4pm this afternoon. Kilkivan also had power outages but the power is now back on.

He said all available crews are working shifts to ensure the 1810 customers currently affected by the outages have power as soon as possible.

In Gympie 1891 households lost power between 6.13pm and 12.57pm but all electricity outages had been resolved by 7.53am according to an Energex spokesman.

Outages were experienced from the Wises Rd feeder at One Mile, Eel Creek, Veteran, and East Deep Creek with the outages caused by fallen powerlines, trees on powerlines and even a lightning strike near the Eel Creek network.

SES area controller Dean Wardell and his teams are still cleaning up today after receiving more than a dozen calls for assistance.

"We've had lots of trees down and water in roofs and things," Mr Wardell said.

He said some call-outs were to properties that were damaged in the October 11 hail storm because roof-repairs on these houses have not yet been completed.

"People should make their builders aware they've had to call us in," Mr Wardell said.

BoM Meteorologist David Crock said Gympie received between 30 and 40mm of rainfall, while Kilkivan got 15mm. But Glenwood received the most rainfall with 84mm recorded in the three hours between 6-9pm.

He also said more rain is expected around Thursday.

"It's not likely to be a storm but we're only just entering severe storm season so there will be more before the season is out," he warned.

With that being the case, SES area controller Dean Wardell is appealing for volunteers.

"We're desperately seeking volunteers to join SES. The Gympie and Southside facilities are now joined and we meet on Wednesday nights at 1 Rodian St," he said.

He said with people on leave and with Christmas approaching, a boost in volunteer numbers is greatly needed.

"We could really use the volunteers," he said.

Anyone wishing to join can head online to the SES website and register an expression of interest.

"Or simply turn up on Wednesday night."

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