Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Sunshine Coast escapes major damage from wild storms

By Jo Skinner, Monday November 19, 2012 - 09:24 EDT

The State Emergency Service (SES) says the Sunshine Coast was not badly affected by yesterday's severe thunderstorms that battered south-east Queensland.

More than 2,600 homes on the coast were blacked out at the height of the storms but power has been restored.

Energex says 37,000 lightning strikes were recorded over the weekend.

The worst-hit areas were Nambour, Bli Bli and Didillabah but there have been no reports of any major damage.

Weather forecaster Peter Otto says rainfall figures were also relatively low.

"We had more around yesterday with falls of about 50 millimetres at say Palmwoods in that sort of inland area, Eudlo Flats 53 as well," he said.

"Closer to the Coast itself 40-50 millimetres near Maroochydore.

"Not much around Noosa itself, most around Maroochydore and places inland."

The Sunshine Coast Disaster Management Group's coordinator, Fox Rogers, says there have been no reports of any major damage.

"We were very lucky - the storms seem to slip down below us and around above us at Rainbow Beach," he said.

"We got rain but no major sort of damage.

"Compared to what happened around Brisbane, we got off very lightly.

"We didn't get any of those really large hailstones that people were seeing, so very fortunate this weekend."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclonic rain brings crocodiles 250 metres from homes in Queensland's gulf

18:50 EDT

While many Gulf of Carpentaria residents rejoiced at the thorough drenching , others are glancing over their shoulders with a sense of fear.

Sparks fly for southern parts of WA overnight

12:21 EDT

An impressive area of thunderstorms swept across the southwest of the country last night.

Canberra's coldest February morning on record

09:58 EDT

The nation's capital has rewritten the record books this morning, producing a May-like morning in February.