World News – UA – 30k lightning strikes, extensive damage in massive storm


Widespread power outages hit parts of Brisbane, Ipswich and the Somerset region as a severe thunderstorm crashes in south-eastern Queensland

Energex reports more than 10,811 customers in Ipswich without power and 4,835 in Brisbane and the Somerset region There were around 1150 homes without power on the Sunshine Coast after the cell hit

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The State Emergency Service has received reports of fallen power lines and trees in the southeastern state, including damage to power lines and roofs in Ipswich

Underwood residents were hit by a massive explosion of rain and wind that destroyed power lines at the corner of Logan and Springwood Rds just before 1:30 p.m.

Emergency crews have been called to the area to cut power and divert traffic around the intersection which is now closed

Traffic increases and cannot go from Logan Rd to Springwood Rd to join the M1 in Brisbane

Drivers are diverted along a service road to Eight Miles Plains to join the M1 or are advised to head south to Springwood

Energyx crews were on the scene and it is expected that there will be no electricity in this area for at least three hours

Energex said there had been 30,000 lightning strikes in the southeast since noon with 17,894 customers without power at 2 a.m.30h

Ipswich was the hardest hit with 10,811 properties without electricity There were 4,835 properties without electricity in Brisbane and 1,151 in Sunshine Coast

There were 448 properties without power in Redlands and 395 in Logan awaiting power back

Energex said power would likely be restored to the Brisbane area before 3 p.m.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that storms were expected overnight after the first batch passed southeast at 135h

Thunderstorms affected the islands of Redland City, including Macleay Island, and high winds were recorded at Victoria Point and Point Lookout

« Further severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near south of Lake Wivenhoe » They are expected to hit Mount Nebo and Highvale at 2:05 p.m. and Brisbane and Samford CBD at 2:35 p.m.

« Destructive, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones, and heavy rains that can cause flash floods are likely. »

It comes after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a 12 p.m. warning for Ipswich and parts of Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Brisbane City Council

« The Bureau of Meteorology warns that at 12:10 p.m., severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Gatton, » warns BOM

« They should affect Laidley and Marburg at 12:40 and Ipswich and Amberley at 1:10 p.m.

It comes after large parts of Queensland were warned of dangerous thunderstorms producing hail, damaging winds and flash flooding this afternoon

A severe storm warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 11 a.m. going from Gatton north to Yeppoon

He warns that: « Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rains that can lead to flash floods and destructive winds in the alert zone over the next few hours.

« Sites likely to be affected are Rockhampton, Kingaroy, Biloela, Gatton, Kilcoy, Laidley, Lowood, Mount Morgan and Nanango »

It comes as Higgins Storm Chasing issues a warning for very dangerous supercell storms and severe storms on Tuesday,

According to Higgins, « a large to giant hail with destructive winds could cause significant damage to homes and property. »

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It comes after storms crashed across large parts of the southeast yesterday afternoon with 74mm of rain recorded in one hour in south Brisbane and residents were warned of flash flooding

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Markworth said the thunderstorms, which started around 1 p.m., caused heavy falls in pockets of Greater Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast

A total of 92mm of rain was recorded at Camp Hill at 5pm yesterday, with a whopping 74mm falling between 3pm and 4pm By 5 p.m. Carindale had recorded 53mm, Beachmere at Moreton Bay received 50mm, Benobble in the Gold Coast hinterland took 36mm and 32mm of rain hit Brisbane

M Markworth said a new low crossing west Queensland would once again lead to showers and thunderstorms from Sunday afternoon

« We have a possibility of severe thunderstorms over Brisbane, including the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and that extends to around Cairns where it is possible, » she said.

Brisbane peaked at 27C yesterday, but temperatures are expected to be slightly above average today

There is a good chance that downpours will continue in Brisbane until the middle of next week

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