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First storm heralds summer

THE first major storm of the season blacked out nearly 1000 homes in the Gympie region on Monday night, some remaining in the dark until yesterday morning.

Power was restored to the majority of customers by midnight.

However, many customers in Gympie and Mary Valley areas were without power until 2am yesterday.

An Energex spokesperson said a fault at Goomboorian cut power to 220 customers on Monday, but that was fixed just after 2.35pm.

At 9.20pm, 760 homes in the Gympie and Mary Valley areas were left without power for about five hours when the storm hit the region.

“The quick response by Energex crews has demonstrated that they are ready for the coming storm season,” the spokesperson said.

“We would like to encourage all South East Queensland residents to start preparing for summer storms by securing loose items around their homes, putting fresh batteries in torches and keeping a radio on hand for updates on restoration times.”

Customers who experience a loss of supply should contact Energex on 13 62 62. Rainfall readings for around the region:

• Tin Can Bay: 45mm

• Double Island Point: 52mm

• Cedar Pocket: 15mm

• Chatsworth: 21mm

• Imbil: 9mm

• Kilkivan: 20mm

• Pomona: 66mm

• Goomeri: 12.6mm

• Goomboorian: 24mm

• Gympie: 19mm

• Kybong: 30mm

• Glastonbury: 26mm

• Glenwood: 4mm

• Pie Creek: 22mm

• Toolara: 24mm

• Rainbow Beach: 25mm

• Tiaro: 18mm

• Kenilworth: 9mm

Gympie Times


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