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Gympie dodges wrath of a storm

In total power was cut to 5700 Gympie and Mary Valley homes on Tuesday night.
In total power was cut to 5700 Gympie and Mary Valley homes on Tuesday night. Leigh Garner

AS BLACK menacing clouds gathered over Gympie yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the Channel Country, Maranoa, Darling Downs and Granite Belt area.

The predicted bad weather that brought 10mm of rain to Gympie by 5pm was nothing in comparison to Tuesday's strong winds and lightning strikes that had left 22 people in the Wolvi, Cootharaba and Kin Kin areas still without power at 10am yesterday.

In total 5700 Gympie and Mary Valley homes were blacked out on Tuesday night.

At 6am yesterday 800 homes in the Gympie and Mary Valley areas and 700 in the Black Mountain/Cooroy area were still without power.

An Energex spokeswoman said 1300 consumers in Tin Can Bay and 1200 at Inskip Point and Rainbow Beach had lost their power from 4.45-5.20pm on Tuesday.

Cooroy was the hardest hit in the storm, which ripped through the town tearing roofs off businesses and homes.

Cyclonic winds ripped trees out of the ground, but luckily no one was seriously injured.

Clean-up work continued most of yesterday.

In South-East Queensland Energex worked to restore power to 20,000 people who lost supply because of the storm front.

Crews worked through the night in heavily wooded areas, first gaining access by chopping through fallen trees, and then beginning the repair work.

High winds and 23,000 lightning strikes brought down more than 60 powerlines during the storm. .

The spokeswoman said it was a timely reminder to stay away from fallen powerlines.

Extra Energex crews were brought in from Brisbane and Ipswich overnight on Tuesday to assist with Sunshine Coast repairs.

In Gympie 29.8mm fell in the storm, while 78.2mm drenched Cooroy, Goomboorian had 103mm overnight Tuesday, Kenilworth 20mm, Rainbow Beach 43mm, Tiaro 44mm and Tolara 69mm.

Energex has asked people who think they are the only ones in their street without power or live on a large property (without power) to call 13 62 62 as they could be an isolated case.

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