Coast residents lose power in freak storm


On Monday morning, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40,000 properties without electricity, Brisbane nearly 7,000 and Redland City about 2,300.

More than 250,000 lightning strikes were recorded across South-East Queensland during that storm on Sunday night, taking out power to around a 130,000 homes.

The wild weather, after a day of baking heat across much of Queensland, generated more than 265,000 lightning strikes.

Logan and Brisbane areas were most affected, with more than 55,000 homes in Logan and 32,000 homes in Brisbane losing power. His injuries were not life threatening and he was taken to the Prince Charles hospital in a stable condition.

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Mr Coomber said it was the damaging winds causing the worst of the problems, with trees and branches knowing down powerlines. With the Bureau's warning thresholds, anything greater than 90 kilometres per hour is considered damaging and we do see those in severe storms.

Energex confirmed the storm caused massive damage to the network with 500 power lines down, and it will be some time before the power is reconnected.

Data posted on the Energex website revealed Kenilworth residents were hit the hardest by the storm with about 45 properties still without power. "The chance of a gusty thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening", it said.

Energex spokesman Justin Coomber said crews had worked through the night to restore power after widespread damage from the storms.