Energex says 15,000 lightning strikes hit south-east Queensland and 14,000 homes lost power during the wild storms in the region overnight.
Spokesman Graham Metcalfe says about 1,500 homes still do not having supply this morning. We actually had an average of about one-and-a-half lightning strikes every second hitting just before 10 o'clock last night, he said. The worst hit areas are still the Brisbane and Lockyer valleys.
We've got some issues getting access to areas where the powerlines have been damaged so we've got some very wet ground, as well as some trees that will need to be moved during the morning before we can get in. The weather bureau says 90-kilometre-an-hour winds were recorded.
Forecaster Vikash Prasad says 47 millimetres of rain fell near Warwick in 30 minutes, and Toowoomba had 25 millimetres. The storms became heaviest when it went past Toowoomba and Gatton area and headed towards just around east of Warwick and that's where the heaviest falls were to the west of Boonah and Beaudesert, he said. About 600 homes are still without supply in the Brisbane Valley and the Lockyer Valley this morning.
Emergency crews received 10 for calls help in Toowoomba and six in nearby Murgon to repair homes damaged during last night's storm. State Emergency Service (SES) controller Frank Devlin says the damage around Toowoomba was caused by fallen trees. Tarping and just clearing trees from beside the road and off roofs and off driveways of houses - up in the range area Centenary Heights through to Flagstone Creek area, he said. More...
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