Lightning bore down on Stanthorpe Twilight Bowls.
Lightning bore down on Stanthorpe Twilight Bowls. Liana Turner

Severe storms rattle the region, and they're not over yet

GRANITE Belt residents were continually woken by severe storms throughout the night.

A trio of storms ripped through the region from the early evening until this morning.

Fire and Rescue crews attended two incidents early last night, amid the chaos.

Stanthorpe Fire Station captain Ian Barnden said crews were first called to Watters Rd, Ballandean at 6.45pm.

He said a house had been struck by lightning, and while there was smoke in the house, crews found no evidence of a fire.

He recommended the residents had their wires checked for damage by an electrician.

Shortly afterwards, crews were called to White St, Stanthorpe, where a tree had fallen on powerlines.

Mr Barnden said Ergon Energy attended and the scene was declared safe shortly afterwards.

He said they were called to no other incidents, but there have been reports of trees and other debris on roads around the Granite Belt.

Stanthorpe SES local controller Michael Bell said there were, surprisingly, no calls for assistance overnight.

Mr Bell said it was possible some issues, such as fallen trees, would only be discovered during the day.

He urged anyone in need of emergency storm assistance to call 132 500.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, more storms, which could also be severe, are possible right up until the weekend.

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