File picture: David Martinelli
File picture: David Martinelli

1000 homes blacked out across CQ and SEQ after storms

APPROXIMATELY 1000 homes were without power after severe thunderstorms battered parts of central and southeast Queensland last night.

Volatile weather in the state produced multiple severe thunderstorms on New Year's Day and well into the night.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology 75mm of rain fell at Boyne Island, south of Gladstone, in an hour.

Heavy rain also fell at multiple locations at Gin Gin, including 132mm at Bucca Weir in two hours, 86mm in an hour in Gin Gin itself and 73mm in half an hour at Morganville in the southwest.

Meanwhile, 1,038 homes remain without power in the Brisbane and Logan areas. This is down from more than 5,000 homes during the height of the evening storm activity.

 

 

Yarrabilba, south of Logan, was the most affected by the power outage with more than 2,000 homes in the dark during the peak of the storm.

An Energex spokesman said 102,000 lightning strike activities were recorded in the four hours between 3pm and 7pm. Of those, 30,000 lightning bolts made landfall.

Falls of up to 40mm were recorded at Obi Lookout in the Sunshine Coast hinterland while closer to the coast, Coolum (25mm), Palmwoods (27mm), and Noosa (16mm) all saw good rain. Sunshine Coast Airport also recorded 19.4mm in one hour.

Storm clouds gather over the Brisbane River. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner
Storm clouds gather over the Brisbane River. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner

Falls were heavier to the north with Hervey Bay recording 55mm and Howard 57mm.

Forecaster Aditi Sharman said the Bureau of Meteorology would continue to provide updates as the severe weather systems remained in Queensland.



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