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Brisbane storms: More wild, hot weather expected to hit south-east Queensland

By Talissa Siganto and staff, Monday February 12, 2018 - 17:24 EDT
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Lightning strikes over buildings in Brisbane's fortitude valley during the storm. - ABC licensed

More wild weather is likely in Brisbane today after severe storms left 130,000 south-east homes in darkness on Sunday night, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

At the height of the storm, more than 500 powerlines were brought down in high winds and .

By 2:30pm on Monday, about 37,900 properties from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast were still without power.

Logan City remained the worst affected with about 28,000 households and businesses still impacted.

At about 3:30pm, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe storm warning for dangerous wind for people in Cherbourg, parts of Gympie and the South Burnett.

But by 4:15pm that storm was tracking across unpopulated areas.

Earlier, BOM senior forecaster Michael Paech said "gusty storms" were expected after another scorching day of temperatures in the high-30s.

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

Two schools have closed their doors to students due to the power loss.

Crestmead State School in Logan said they were without and power and Stuartholme School in Brisbane had no water or functioning bathrooms.

Strong winds bring down hundreds of powerlines

Mr Paech said strong wind gusts last night caused the damage to powerlines, with hundreds still out of action.

"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 Justin Coomber said crews had worked through the night, but some homes and businesses might not have power restored until Tuesday afternoon.

"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.

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


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