Wild weather leads to power outages on Gold Coast

UPDATE 7AM: Crews have managed to restore power to around 1,500 homes and businesses on the Gold Coast.

Another 1,600 remain off line, mostly in Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach and Mermaid Waters.

It’s believed a fallen tree and fallen branches on powerlines led to the outages this morning.


EARLIER: Around 3,400 homes and businesses are without power on the Gold Coast as heavy rain and wild winds lash the city.

About 60mm of rain has fallen at the Seaway overnight, and the Weather Bureau (BoM) is predicting more of the same throughout Saturday.

Parts of South East Queensland are expected to record falls of up to 250mm by Sunday night.

The BoM confirmed the severe weather warning remained in place at 5am on Saturday, with predictions of damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf.

The warning includes the Southeast Coast as well as Wide Bay and Darling Downs regions.

“24 hour totals of 30 to 150mm are likely over inland parts, with falls in excess of 250mm possible nearer to the coast and ranges,” the BoM warning states.

“The heavy rain areas should start contracting southeast during Saturday morning as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane from mid-afternoon, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.

“Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are possible in coastal areas and about the Scenic Rim near and south of the surface trough today.

“Dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion [could develop] about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.”

As of 6am, around 3,000 properties were dealing with power outages in Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters and Broadbeach.

It’s believed a tree has fallen on powerlines in the area, with crews working to fix the problem.

The blackout is affecting traffic lights in the area and drivers are urged to take it easy as there is also a lot of debris on the roads.