Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Lightning Strikes Leave Thousands In The Dark

Severe storms headed for the Gold Coast BREAKING: Wild winds and large hail to hit Coast
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2018, 04:59

Passersby called emergency services after concerns the building was on fire, but after evacuating the top levels, fire crews determined the smoke was actually steam emitted from the heat of numerous strikes hitting the tower's lightning rod.

Energex crews from across Queensland have been pulled into the south east to assist with emergency repairs this morning, with a heatwave making matters worse for all those homes unable to use their air conditioners and fans.

On Monday morning, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40,000 properties without electricity, Brisbane nearly 7,000 and Redland City about 2,300.

Energex spokesman Justin Coomber said 265,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the area, more than double the average.

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.

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Energex, a south-east Queensland electric power supplier, updated residents on the extent of the damage, tweeting 130,000 homes has been "affected" due to the powerful weather system.

"Medium (50%) chance of showers during this afternoon and evening". At Boonah, west of Brisbane, residents posted pictures of huge hail stones on social media.

The man was said to be conscious and breathing, but suffering from leg pain, and had been taken to the Prince Charles Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Parents are being advised to check the Department of Education website as a number of schools may be affected by the storm damage.

While thousands of concert goers were evacuated from Brisbane's Riverstage before USA band Paramore were set to take the stage, with concerns about the heavy rain and amount of lightening strikes above.

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