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Power restored to South Burnett following storm

A lightning strike caused a grassfire in the South Burnett on Tuesday, November 8.
A lightning strike caused a grassfire in the South Burnett on Tuesday, November 8. Michael Nolan

TUESDAY, 9PM: Power has been fully restored in Nanango.

TUESDAY, 8.15PM: Ergon Energy is still working to restore power to homes in Nanango.

The streets affected include Drayton St, Scott St, Elk St, Arthur St West, Corbett St, Cairns St, Parsons St, King St, Gipps St, East Wills St, Conroy St, Palace Ln, Youngs Ln, Chester St, Appin St, Henry St and Alfred St.

The loss of power is due to faller power lines.

TUESDAY, 6.30PM: More than 300 homes remain without power in Nanango following Tuesday afternoon's storm.

According to the Ergon Energy website, the 341 homes will have power restored by 7.30pm.

TUESDAY, 4.45PM: MORE than 1300 homes are without power in Nanango after storms lashed the South Burnett this afternoon.

According to Ergon Energy, 1375 homes have had their power cut.

A spokesman from the company said heavy rain and hail storms had wreaked havoc on the township, with reports power lines had fallen down. 

Ergon crew will begin work on the damaged areas once storms have subsided, but it is unknown when power will be restored.

A lightning strike is said to have been the cause of a grassfire at Booie just before 4pm.

A spokeswoman from QFES said three crews were currently at the scene and there was heavy smoke on the scene.

Nanango residents have also reported hail at their properties.

TUESDAY, 3.30PM: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southeast of the state.

Severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Redbank Plains and Wacol and were moving northeast.

Damaging winds and large hailstorms are a possibility.

TUESDAY, 9AM:THE entire state has sweltered through the past few days, and although the unusually hot weather hasn't finished with us yet, there are signs of some rainy relief on the horizon.

Today and tomorrow will bring storm activity to the south-east corner of the state, including the South Burnett, with more storms due for the weekend and a slight temperature drop towards the end of the week.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Matt Marshall said there was a chance of rainfall on Tuesday, with an increased chance on Wednesday.

The rainfall will be caused by a low level trough moving in from the west and thunderstorms may occur in the region.

"We should see storms popping up further inland to the south and west of Kingaroy, both today and tomorrow, and there's a good chance of there being some quite gusty storms, too, for both days," Mr Marshall said.

"From Thursday onwards, things should clear up quite a bit and we should see fairly dry days on Thursday and Friday, with another storm chance on Saturday.

"This type of weather event isn't going to be a big rain band that affects everyone, it's a storm cell, so some may miss out completely and others will get a powerful storm."

Temperatures for the rest of the week will remain in the early 30s, to drop slightly early next week after the trough moves through.

Mr Marshall said the hot weather was a couple of degrees higher than Queensland's November average due to warm air from the north being dragged south.

He said residents should keep an eye on the radar, and although humidity and storm chances had increased, fires in the region weren't likely.

Falls between 10-50mm are forecast for both today and tomorrow, with up to 15mm on Saturday.

Topics:  ergon energy fire power weather

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