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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 2012

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