Power knocked out as big chill hits the Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 8.00AM | The number of homes and businesses hit by power outages across the Gold Coast continues to grow with more than 1800 now impacted.

Strong winds have brought down trees and power lines in a number of suburbs.

The worst affected suburbs include Wongawallen, Worongary, Mount Nathan and Tallai.


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However, there are also outages reported in Advancetown, Clagiraba, Gilston, Guanaba, Lower Beechmont, Maudsland, Nerang and Upper Coomera.

The power outages have also blacked out dozens of traffic lights across those suburbs.

Energex is working to restore power as soon as possible.

EARLIER | Hundreds of homes are without power after a polar blast swept across the Gold Coast overnight sending temperatures plummeting.

A number of trees have come down in the strong winds including at Worongary where there are multiple power outages this morning.

Power is also impacted in Advancetown, Nerang, Tallai, Lower Beechmont, Gilston, Mount Nathan, Clagiraba, GUanaba, Currumbin Valley and Cedar Creek.

Energex says it is working to restore power as quickly as possible.

The strong westerly change moved in overnight bringing gusty winds and a sharp drop in temperatures.

A gust of 57 km/h has been recorded at the Gold Coast Seaway, while Canungra has recorded gusts of around 50 km/h.

The minimum temperature dropped to 15 degrees but the ‘feels like’ temperature was just 8 degrees.

A severe weather warning remains in place with the Bureau predicting we could see gusts as high as 90 km/h.

The worst of the icy temps will hit the Gold Coast later this week when the front begins to move off the coast.

The minimum temp is expected to fall to just 9 degrees on Thursday but it’s expected to feel several degrees cooler than that.