27,000 homes and firms hit by power outages
MORE than 50 Energex crews are working on Monday night to restore power to homes and businesses across South East Queensland following late afternoon and early evening storms.
A series of severe storm cells passed over the region late in the day.
Winds of more than 70kmh were recorded while more than 11,000 lightning strikes were picked up on the GPATs system.
Overall close to 27,000 homes and businesses were impacted by power outages, with the worst hit areas being in the Ipswich City region, especially the suburbs of Brassall, Walloon, Rosewood and Mt Crosby.
At 9pm power had been restored to 22,000 customers with crews working to repair damage and reconnect those 5000 customers still without electricity.
With more storms forecast for tomorrow and later in the week, Energex urges homes and businesses to take the time to prepare for electrical outages caused by severe weather events.
If members of the public see any powerlines brought down or damaged, they are urged to keep themselves and others well away and phone Energex's priority emergency number 13 19 62.
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Power restoration information is available from the company's Loss of Supply phone number 13 62 62.
Lightning, thunder rocks SE-Qld and still no storm warning
THERE have been around 7,000 lightning strikes since 3pm and more than 12,000 properties across south-east Queensland are without power but the Bureau of Meteorology is yet to send out a storm warning.
The ABC is reporting 6,838 homes and businesses are without power in Brisbane, 5,684 in Ipswich and hundreds of homes on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim and in Somerset are in the dark as well.
The storms have also caused power problems for the Queensland Rail network.
Meteorologist Vinord Anand from the Bureau of Meteorology told the Courier Mail there was even some "pea sized" hail in small amounts.
However, Mr Anand said the Bureau had not sent out a warning because it did not meet the "specific criteria" they follow when sending out thunderstorm warnings.
He told the Courier Mail: " it could be the hail size, which needs to be large enough to cause damage to cars and buildings and it has to be more than two centimetres before we warn for hail," he said.
"With thunderstorms, we warn for wind gusts, with the criteria there more than 48 knots, we also warn for heavy rain associated with thunderstorms.
"None of those criteria were met by any of the thunderstorm cells we had in the area."
The thunderstorms follow a day of record hot temperatures around the state for October with Toowoomba hitting a scorching 36.4 degrees celcius, St George 42.6 and Amberley 41.3.
Some other top temperatures included 41.2 degrees at Longreach, 41.1 in Winton, 41.6 at Roma.