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Australia: Severe storms overnight in Brisbane leave thousands without power

Severe storms have moved across Brisbane and Ipswich, leaving thousands without power and causing major delays to peak hour train services.

The BoM had warned of “very dangerous” storm cells headed for Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast, but the warning was later cancelled.

By 6:00pm (AEST) on Thursday, heavy rain and strong winds had swept through Ipswich and Brisbane but there were no reports of hail or any property damage.

A wind gust of 93kph was recorded at Archerfield airport at 5:45pm.

There were major delays on train lines from Brisbane to Beenleigh and the Gold Coast, along with minor delays on all other Brisbane lines.

By 8:50pm, minor delays persisted on the Beenleigh, Caboolture, Ferny Grove and Gold Coast lines, but other lines had returned to normal.

Energex said by 8:45pm there were 4,896 homes and businesses without power in Brisbane, another 2,592 in Ipswich, 2,656 in Logan, 1,128 in Redland City, 780 in the Scenic Rim, 642 in Moreton Bay and 700 on the Gold Coast.

The line of storms moved rapidly eastwards and by 6:40pm, as they moved across Moreton Bay and Stradbroke islands, the BoM said the situation had eased but would be monitored.

A broader storm warning remained for parts of the Gulf Country, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Wide Bay and Burnett.

Earlier, senior forecaster Adam Woods had warned some of the storm cells were intense.

“Oakey and Wellcamp weather stations recorded gust of 100 kilometres per hour and 70 kilometres per hour at Toowoomba so far,” he said.

“That system is moving eastward towards the [Brisbane] CBD, it is entering more favourable thunderstorm conditions, so it means the storms may become stronger as they move into the south-east.”


– Photo: ABC


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