Some Gold Coasters are being warned to limit their power use in the wake of a major blackout.
Two earthing transformers at the Broadbeach substation went down around 4.30pm on Friday, plunging the area into darkness.
Shoppers were stunned and businesses left counting the losses as the outage continued into dinner time.
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The Friday afternoon drive home was a little more chaotic than usual with traffic lights also affected by the outage that impacted more than 11 thousand properties in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Broadbeach Waters, Mermaid Beach and Mermaid Waters.
Power had been restored to a majority of the homes and businesses by 8pm, but some were left offline until 3am Saturday.
Ty Marega from Energex has told myGC they had to manually switch on some properties while back-up generators are now picking up the slack.
“[This is a] very unusual event [for twin earthing transformers to blow],” Mr Marega said.
“It’s expected the generators could remain in use over the next 24 to 48 hours while testing of that equipment,” he added.
“We’re asking customers to limit their electricity use today so as to not overload the network while repairs are carried out at the Broadbeach substation.”