“Mass damage” to power network after savage storms smash southeast Qld

UPDATE @ February 12, 6.40am |  MORE than 56,000 homes and businesses remain without power across southeast Queensland this morning following a ferocious storm overnight.

The wild weather caused “mass damage” to the regions electricity network on Sunday night, with  125,000 residents initially affected by the blackout.

As of 6.45am Monday, 553 homes on the Gold Coast were still without power, mainly in Cedar Creek, Yatala, Luscombe, Stapylton and Alberton.


More than 43,000 people in Logan City are also still in darkness.

Energex crews are working desperately to restore services across the region.

EARLIER at 11:30 PM | MORE than 110,000 homes and businesses remain without power across southeast Queensland, four hours after a savage storm ripped through the region.

The wild weather caused “mass damage” to the regions electricity network on Sunday night, with Energex confirming more than 500 powerlines had been “ripped down”.

More than 256,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the southeast, while a wind gust of 111km/h was recorded at Inner Beacon at 6.50pm. Gusts of 107 and 109km/h were also recorded at Redland and Redcliffe.

The impact to the power supply was enormous, with around 130,000 properties losing power during the height of the storm, more than 58,000 of which were in Logan.

Brisbane was also hit hard, with more than 33,000 customers losing power in the capital. Around 111,700 customers were still waiting to be reconnected to the grid at 11.30pm.

Energex said its crews would be out in the field, working to restore services throughout the night but admitted “many places” would not have power for sometime due to the significant damage across the network.

Here on the Gold Coast, frequent dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning lashed the city for hours. Videos also emerged online of rare “upward lightning”. Watch the videos here.

The Q1 apartment tower in Surfers Paradise was left smouldering after it’s lightning conductor was struck repeatedly.

Emergency services received a flood of triple zero calls from people on ground reporting seeing smoke billowing from the top floor.

Meanwhile, in Brisbane, an ambulance was called to a house in Ferny Grove after a man suffered an electric shock in the shower when lightning struck close to his home.

More than 3,400 homes and businesses were left without electricity across the northern Gold Coast, with Pimpama being the worst affected suburb.

A little over 970 of those customers were still without power at the time of writing, mainly at Stapylton, Yatala, Cedar Creek and Alberton.

The storms first fired up south of the border in northern NSW around 1pm following a day of sweltering heat, while a second cluster was detected on weather radar impacting the Darling Downs an hour later.

The northernmost cells went on to hit the Sunshine Coast, while the southern cluster slammed into Boonah and the Gold Coast hinterland before barrelling towards Brisbane and moving offsore by 7.30pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the chance of more gusty, possibly severe thunderstorms on the Gold Coast tomorrow afternoon and evening.

UPDATE at 7:20 PM | MORE than 125,000 thousands homes and businesses have lost power right across southeast Queensland, including 3,400 properties on the Gold Coast, after a cluster of severe storms ripped through the region.

Frequent, dangerous lightning continues to lash the Coast as the storms march northeast through Brisbane, Redland City and Moreton Bay.

The Coast missed the worst of the weather, however, with the cell slamming into the hinterland before swinging north towards the capital.

At 7.20pm, more than 127,000 homes and business were without power across the southeast, of those, 3,416 were on the northern Gold Coast.

Pimpama was the hardest hit suburb, with 2,452 buildings blacked out.

Overall, Logan was the worst affected area, however, with 57350 properties without electricity during the height of the storm.

Power was cut to more than 33,000 homes and business in Brisbane, while a further 13,000 were affected in Moreton Bay.

A wind gust of 111km/h was recorded at Inner Beacon at 6.50pm, while gusts of 107 and 109km/h were recorded at Redland and Redcliffe respectively.

Meanwhile, paramedics are treating a man in Ferny Grove after he was reportedly electrocuted while having a shower during the storm. 

The Gold Coast has since been excluded from the severe thunderstorm warning which remained current at the time of writing for people in Redland City and parts of Gympie, Logan, Noosa, Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

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UPDATE at 6:00 PM | THE sun has been replaced by threatening storm clouds on the Gold Coast and lightning is lighting up the sky above the city as a cluster of severe storms sweep through southeast Queensland.

Dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are touching down across the coast, with more northern suburbs looking likely to cop the worst of the weather.

5.34pm Updated forecast track map (Source: bom.gov.au)

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the Coast at 5pm, warning storms were likely to being damaging winds and large hail to parts of the city this evening.

The wild weather comes after residents sweltered through a day of stifling heat on the Gold Coast.

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FIRST at 5:10 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and large hail has been issued for the Gold Coast as a cluster of storms edge closer towards the city.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns, at 5:05 pm, severe storms were detected near Kilcoy, Maryvale and Border Ranges National Park.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Beaudesert and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert by 5:35 pm, and Boonah, Beenleigh, Laidley and Caloundra by 6:05 pm.

(Source: bom.gov.au)

The Bureau warns Logan, the Scenic Rim, Gold Coast and parts of Ipswich, Somerset, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Redland City, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay council areas are likely to be affected. 

The Bureau says damaging winds and large hailstones will be likely.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero000

Phone 132 500 for SES Storm and Flood Emergency assistance. Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Queensland Traffic and Travel information 13 19 40.