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Brisbane storms: 60,000 homes still without power, boy injured after being shocked in shower

Monday February 12, 2018 - 10:45 EDT
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Lightning over the Gold Coast, as seen from Burleigh Heads. - ABC

More than 60,000 south-east Queensland residents remain without power this morning after a severe thunderstorm swept through the region last night.

Energex says at the height of the storm about 130,000 people were left in the dark after more than 265,000 lightning strikes and high winds.

Logan City is the worst affected area with 45,000 homes still without power, and a further 9,000 in Brisbane City and 2,800 in Redland City among other regions.

A boy was shocked while taking a shower after lightning struck nearby his house in Ferny Grove in Brisbane's north-west about 6:45pm.

Queensland Ambulance said he was conscious and breathing, but suffering from leg pain, and had been taken to the Prince Charles Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Michael Paech said the storm had brought strong winds, but not much rainfall.

"The best rainfall figures we got were around 20 to 40 millimetres to the south and west of Brisbane, but across Brisbane itself, within that 5 to 15 millimetre range," he said.

"[These winds] are considered damaging wind gusts. With the Bureau's warning thresholds, anything greater than 90 kilometres per hour is considered damaging and we do see those in severe storms.

"But for Brisbane itself over many years we've seen winds higher than this."

More storms, scorching temps expected

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting another round of gusty storms in the south-east later today after a scorching day of temperatures in the high-30s.

Senior forecaster Michael Paech said storms tended to be quite "hit and miss" but they were expecting another serve this afternoon.

"It's very similar conditions for the south-east that are around today, very hot and there is some instability," Mr Paech said.

Energex spokesman Justin Coomber said crews had worked through the night to restore power after widespread damage from the storms.

"That includes the power network where we've had a lot of tree branches impacting on to the powerlines so that's causing widespread outages and we're getting fresh crews in to really get into it today," Mr Coomber said.

Mr Paech said strong wind gusts caused the damage to more than 500 power lines.

"Redcliffe picked up 109 kilometre an hour wind gusts with that storm and Redland also 107 kilometre per hour, and also around much of the city we saw some very gusty winds associated with it," he said.

"The extreme weather event also caused disruption to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast trains services due to power outages and failing radio communications."

Energex spokesman Ty Marega urged residents to be aware of hazards during the clean-up.

"Do not touch any electrical power lines that may have been brought down in the storm and in the event that they do see any fallen power lines, they should contact Energex," he said.


© ABC 2018

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