Storms loom as Energex rush to connect homes

STORM: About 400 powerlines were brought down by wild weather and downed trees overnight. Photo: Hannah baker
STORM: About 400 powerlines were brought down by wild weather and downed trees overnight. Photo: Hannah baker

ANOTHER storm is expected to rattle the Redlands this evening, following power outages and downed trees overnight.

An Energex spokesman said south-east Queensland was battered by more than 260,000 lightning strikes, more than double the amount needed to qualify as a major storm.

About 400 powerlines were downed, with 150 crew working to restore power.

The spokesman said he was confident most of the 2300 customers without power in the Redlands, including about 1000 in Alexandra Hills, would be re-connected by this evening.

“Thorneside and Alexandra Hills were the worst affected areas (in the Redlands), particularly as there are lots of trees,” he said.

Of the 52,000 customers still without power across south-east Queensland, most – about 42,000 – were in Logan.

He urged disconnected customers to be careful with perishable foods. More information is available at Queensland Health.

The spokesman said Energex management was mindful to not burn out crews as more storms were expected this evening.

HOT: Heat, humidity and a weak upper trough contributed to the storm activity overnight on Sunday, Febaruary 11. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

HOT: Heat, humidity and a weak upper trough contributed to the storm activity overnight on Sunday, Febaruary 11. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Annabelle Ford said heat, humidity and a weak upper trough had all contributed to the wild conditions overnight.

She said wind gusts of up to 107km/hr were recorded at Alexandra Hills, with more storm activity likely to brew later this evening.

“With the high humidity continuing, we could get another storm,” she said.