Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Storms cut Central Highlands power

Friday November 23, 2012 - 10:58 EDT

Storms have swept through the Central Highlands last night, cutting power to almost 60 homes.

The hardest hit areas were around Lochington and The Willows, west of Emerald, but there have been no reports of damage.

The bureau's Brendan Bradford says more storms are expected this afternoon.

"So that western part of the Central Highlands, Coalfields, is a risk again today and they develop fairly late into the afternoon and into the evening but yes build up to quite gusty storms and there's a possibility we'll see some hail in the those storms as well," he said.

Mr Bradford says there was not a lot of rain in last night's storms.

"Generally 1 to 6 millimetres through that western part of the Central Highlands and Coalfields," he said.

"However, I did receive a report of 21mm at Raymond to the west of Springsure and 6mm at Lochington and they had a 59 kilometre an hour wind gust as that storm came through as well."

Bob Pleash from Ergon Energy says crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

"Now we've organised a helicopter patrol to first identify the problem and assess the damage and once that's done we'll serve out acting crews to repair the problem," he said.


© ABC 2012

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Clean-up continues, patients remain displaced after severe storm hits NSW North Coast

10:14 EDT

The clean-up is continuing after a severe storm hit the New South Wales North Coast on Sunday afternoon leaving thousands without power and displacing some patients at Lismore Base Hospital.

Hot, windy weather forecast for South Australia bushfire zone

09:56 EDT

Hot, windy weather could pose a danger on the fire ground in South Australia's lower north today, authorities have warned.

Roofs damaged, man struck by lightning in fierce Queensland storms

09:55 EDT

A clean-up is underway after very dangerous thunderstorms cut across south-east Queensland on Sunday, damaging roofs and cutting power to about 20,000 properties.