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300 customers remain without power this afternoon

4.20PM: CREWS from Bundaberg to Mackay have joined forces in Rockhampton today to help with the restoration of power to customers impacted by yesterday's wild storm.

About 300 customers remain without power due to network faults at 3.30pm with about 70 awaiting reconnection as damage to their individual service lines is repaired.

Ergon remains confident of reinstating the network today, however the volume of single fault calls that have come in during the day means any further calls logged this afternoon are unlikely to be attended until tomorrow morning.

Customers who do not have supply when power has been reinstated to their neighbours should call us as soon as possible on 13 22 96.

Customers who have damage to their installations or property are urged to contact an electrical contractor to carry any necessary repairs and then to arrange for Ergon to reconnect power.

Local and support crews will continue working tomorrow morning to clear the backlog of jobs, including some where there are no customer impacts.

Crews from Gladstone and Mackay worked together at the intersection of Elphinstone Street and Thozet Road, where there was a broken neutral wire.

They isolated and repaired the wire and then set up a test section to prove the installation was correct before they energised the system again to restore power to customers in that area..

The photo was taken while they were setting up the test area at the end of Elphinstone Street.

The Gladstone crews left the city about 7pm and stayed overnight in Rockhampton so they could hit the ground early this morning.

The work groups from Mackay left at 4am in a convoy to Rockhampton.

Bundaberg and Biloela crews also are working alongside the Rockhampton and Yeppoon crews and contractors, creating combined field workforce of about 100.

The Mackay crews comprise Shane Johnson, Daniel Chilcott, Paul Catlin, Jacob Hottes, Cameron Single, Dane Wales and John Ross.

The Gladstone crew include Craig Burchill, Dennis Saunders, Geoff Tomkins, Steve Harrington, Lenny Baker and Drew Pearson.

 

2.10pm: ERGON Energy crews are still working on restoring power to all customers in the region after yesterday's storm with 1200 in Parkhurst still affected.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said the emergency outage we foreshadowed for Parkhurst (plus Etna Creek, Glenlee and Rockyview) began about 11.30 and will affect about 1200 customers until about 4pm.

"The restoration of supply to customers without power overnight is progressing ahead of schedule with about 400 still to be restored due to network faults and about 70 with damage to their individual service lines."
 

UPDATE 9.45am: ERGON Energy crews have uncovered more damage this morning with Bundaberg crews en route to help fix the damage to 1400 customers.

An Ergon spokesman said the number of customers without supply has increased a little this morning as more damage arising from the storm has resulted in additional power supply interruptions.

Ergon Energy now has about 1400 customers without power and will need to have an emergency outage in Parkhurst where crews working on a pole have found power lines that are at imminent risk of falling.

There are also about 90 customers without power due to damage to their individual service lines that our crews will attend to during the day.

Once the Bundaberg crews arrive, we will have about 100 crews members working in the field this morning and our aim is to complete the restoration of power today to all customers where it is safe to do so.

5am: About  Ergon 1000 customers  are expected to have  power restored today after yesterday's freak storm caused a blackout for  8800 whose supply was initially affected.

Almost 1400 Ergon  customers around Allenstown and Depot Hill, which was the largest single outage, had power restored at around 8pm last night..

 

7PM: A ROCKHAMPTON family of five has reportedly lost the roof of their home in this afternoon's freak storm. 

The home was in Glencoe St. 

Further reports from across the region indicate power lines are down at the intersection of Elphinstone and Thozet Rd and trees have taken down power lines in Allenstown.

The latest report from Ergon Energy indicates thousands of houses are still without power. 

DAMAGE: A Glencoe St home lost its roof as a result of the fast-moving storm that hammered Rockhampton this afternoon.
DAMAGE: A Glencoe St home lost its roof as a result of the fast-moving storm that hammered Rockhampton this afternoon. Contributed

6pm: SES Rocky Coordinator Eddie Cowie says there are currently around 15 jobs "on the go" between Gracemere and Rockhampton.

"There is a fair bit of trees down, some structural damage has been reported," he said.

"We currently have 5 teams out."

 

6.25PM: REPORTS of trees down, trampolines that were in backyards being found halfway down the street and even the loss of roofs across the city are flooding in. 

Multiple businesses in Denham St were also flooded during the storm. 

Residents are urged to remain patient and take necessary precautions which emergency services work to clear damage and repair power lines.

5.35pm: THE roof at Green Brothers Music in William St was damaged causing significant water leakage.

One of the business owners Denise Philp said the extra damage to the awnings comes as they wait for repairs to be completed from Cyclone Marcia in February.

"It's going to be a long hard night,' she said as she looked over the building.

"There's lots of leakage affecting stock.'' 

5.20pm: AROUND 8,000 people are without power in Rockhampton as a severe storm smashes the region.

AREAS of Rockhampton surrounding Farm St have reported small hailstones.

It is believed traffic lights are also down on George St.

4pm: Wind gusts are hitting 95khm as a severe thunderstorm lashes Rockhampton this afternoon, bringing down tree branches and producing heavy rain.

Visibility was down to a few metres in the CBD during the worst of the downpour.

Almost 29mm of rain has fallen at Rockhampton Airport in 30 minutes.

There is a  report that the ceiling has collapsed in the members lounge at Callaghan Park.

EARLIER:  BOM have issued a severe storm warning for people in parts of the Capricornia District. 

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton and Marlborough. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 
* Move your car under cover or away from trees. 
* Secure loose outdoor items. 
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm. 
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. 

The next warning is due to be issued by 6:25 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. 

A storm approaching Rockhampton Photo: Contributed
A storm approaching Rockhampton Photo: Contributed

EARLIER: IF you have washing out on the line, there might be a mad rush to get it back inside this afternoon with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a possible thunderstorm for the Rockhampton region.

According to BOM forecasts, there is a high, 70% chance of showers, most likely in the late afternoon as well as the chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon and evening in Rockhampton. 

If you have plans to head out on the water, keep in mind light winds will become easterly and reach 15-20km/hr in the late afternoon. 

The BOM radar shows moderate to heavy falls tracking towards the Capricornia region. 

Just before midday, popular social media weather forecasters Higgins Storm Chasing reported showers and storms were developing over Central Queensland between Rocky and Bundaberg and predicted heavy rain, strong winds and lightening as the storms and showers move towards Rocky. 

Topics:  bureau of meteorlogy, rockhampton weather, weather




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