Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Queensland storm: Man shocked while showering, 60000 homes without power

Queensland storm: Man shocked while showering, 60000 homes without power

He was transported to Prince Charles Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

More than 60,000 south-east Queensland residents remain without power this morning after a severe thunderstorm swept through the region last night.

The warning is also for people in Ipswich, Logan, Gold Coast, Noosa and parts of Gympie, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Redland City and Brisbane City Council Areas.

Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Michael Paech said the storm had brought strong winds, but not much rainfall.

Between 20 and 40 millimetres fell across the region, with Brisbane receiving as little as 15 millimetres.

Wild winds did much of the damage, with gusts of 109km/h recorded at Redcliffe, 107km/h in the Redlands district, and 90km/h across Brisbane.

While there is a chance we could see more thunderstorm action tonight, the Bureau has forecast the chance of a gusty storm in the evening, which could develop into something possibly severe.

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I don't know how long he needs. "For this reason, I'm a bit anxious ". I don't know [when he will return] because he has this problem. I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me.

"It's very similar conditions for the south-east that are around today, very hot and there is some instability", Mr Paech said.

Energex spokesman Justin Coomber said crews had worked through the night, but some homes and businesses might not have power restored until Tuesday afternoon.

"Storms have caused mass damage including ripping down 500+ power lines".

"The extreme weather event also caused disruption to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast trains services due to power outages and failing radio communications".

Mr Coomber said it was the damaging winds causing the worst of the problems, with trees and branches knowing down powerlines.

Workers managed to get power back on for 78,000 other properties, but Energex warned residents in storm-affected suburbs to be wary and assume any fallen lines were live and stay away.

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