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Wild storms lash south-east Queensland, leaving thousands without power

By Jessica van Vonderen, Sunday October 25, 2020 - 19:00 EDT
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Strong winds have brought down trees in the Brisbane suburb of Mount Ommaney. - ABC licensed

A person has been struck by a tree during wild storms which have brought destructive winds, lightning and heavy rain to south-east Queensland.



Critical care paramedics took the patient to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition, the Queensland Ambulance service said.

By Sunday evening, the severe storms had eased but the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned they were likely to reform.

"The situation is being closely monitored and further detailed warnings will be issued as necessary," the BOM said.

As the clean up began, about 25,000 homes across the region were still without power.

Energex said power remained cut to about .



Another 10,000 Ergon customers in regional Queensland were understood to have lost electricity.

At one point during the height of the storm, Energex was reporting about 33,000 homes were without power after 209 powerlines were brought down.



An Energex spokesman said the damage to the network was so bad some customers in Redland Bay, Mt Crosby and the Bay Islands may not have power restored until Monday.

In Chuwar, SES crews were busy helping clean to up trees and debris. The storm flung a trampoline into a power pole with so much force it bent the frame.

About 78,000 lightning strikes were recorded across south-east Queensland during the storms, and hailstones up to 5cm in diameter pummelled Brisbane's western and southern suburbs.



At Cornubia, in Logan, a tree was destroyed by lightning.

Resident Tori Bradley told the ABC the lightning strike had shaken her entire house.

"My ears are still ringing," she said.



"The tree just exploded — there was debris right across the 2.5-acre block."

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, the BOM had issued a severe storm warning for the Ipswich, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast, Redland City and Brisbane City council areas.



BOM meteorologist Michael Gray said Monday would be a drier day, but Tuesday was likely to bring another burst of wet weather anywhere between Townsville and the New South Wales border.

"There's an upper low developing over New South Wales, which is going to bring more of those over the next few days," he said.


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