Peter Kuwert snapped this cracking shot of lightning over Warwick from the Allman Park racecourse overnight.
Peter Kuwert snapped this cracking shot of lightning over Warwick from the Allman Park racecourse overnight.

Reports of damage as lightning lights up Southern Downs sky

UPDATE: ERGON Energy says a transient fault is to blame for a 16-minute power outage that left more thousands of homes without power during storms around Stanthorpe last night.

The power supply to about 6300 customers in the Stanthorpe region was interrupted from 8.51pm to 9.07pm.

A transient fault affected the sub-transmission line between the Warwick bulk supply substation and the Stanthorpe substation.

Power was successfully restored without any need for repairs to the network.

 

10AM: LIGHTNING lit up the Southern Downs sky overnight as a fast-moving storm swept across the region.

The storm brought very brief blasts of strong wind and heavy rain, with frequent lightning strikes lighting up the skies for hours.

There were reports of power outages in homes across the Granite Belt, including at Applethorpe and Severnlea.

While the storm brought a lot of lightning, the Bureau of Meteorology said it didn't warrant a warning.

Media and communications manager Jess Carey said the Bureau monitored the storm as it developed.

"There was lots of rain associated with the storms, as well as heavy rain and winds but not above point at which we issue a warning," he said.

"We've heard unofficial reports of lightning damage."

Further storms are forecast today and for the rest of the weekend, as a trough sweeps into the state.

Mr Carey said conditions were right to provide thunderstorms.

"We can expect to see thunderstorms most days this weekend," he said.

"Potentially some of there may be severe, but that's just a risk at this stage.

The Bureau of Meteorology is encouraging Southern Downs residents to monitor the weather and check for warnings online.

Rainfall totals

Warwick: 1mm

Stanthorpe: 8mm

Killarney: 13mm

Cherrabah: 14mm

Elbow Valley: 9mm

Queen Mary Falls: 4mm



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