News

Storm activity moves away from Toowoomba

The Chronicle's Facebook friend Craig Moore sent in this photo taken of Highfields yesterday afternoon, looking west.
The Chronicle's Facebook friend Craig Moore sent in this photo taken of Highfields yesterday afternoon, looking west. Craig Moore

UPDATE 7pm: Toowoomba appears to have escaped a repeat of yesterday's wild weather this evening, although severe storms continue to sweep towards the Brisbane region.

Despite earlier warnings of possible storm activity in the afternoon and black clouds gathering for a short period, the focus of activity is closer to Ipswich and Brisbane.

Bureau of Meterology senior meteorologist Jonty Hall said there was still a lot of instability in the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Ergon Energy crews continue to respond to yesterday's series of powerful storm cells that caused about 15,000 customers in the South Burnett and Darling Downs to have their power supply interrupted.

All available crews in the affected areas are working to repair the damage caused by lightning and strong wind gusts, accompanied by heavy rain and in some cases hail.

About 400 customers remain without supply due to faults yet to be rectified on the high-voltage network. Some customers are also without supply due to individual faults on the low-voltage network.

The impact on the Darling Downs has been widespread, with major impacts in the Western and Northern Downs, as well as in outlying parts of the Toowoomba region

EARLIER: About 9000 Ergon Energy customers in the South Burnett and Darling Downs had their power supply interrupted as a series of powerful storm cells passed through the region last night.

All available crews in the affected areas are working to repair the damage caused by lightning and strong wind gusts, accompanied by heavy rain and in some cases hail, but estimated restoration times are not yet available.

The impact on the Darling Downs was widespread, including:

  • About 1000 customers affected from Miles north through Wandoan to Taroom.
  • About 700 customers west of Roma to Yuleba, due to a downed high-voltage power line in Wallumbilla.
  • About 500 customers west of Crows News around Peranga and Quinalow.
  • About 300 customers around Cecil Plains.

Then the storm cells caused further power supply interruptions as they unleashed on the South Burnett, with more than 5000 customers in and around Nanango, Kingaroy, Proston and Kilkivan impacted.

By 9.15pm, power had been restored to about one third of the affected customers.

Further information will be available via local radio and the Bureau of Meteorology website: www.bom.gov.au.

5.35pm yesterday

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:35 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Jondaryan and the area west of Oakey.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north-east.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Oakey and Bowenville by 6:05 pm and Haden and the area east of Dalby by 6:35 pm.

Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

8-10cm hail was reported to the north of Pittsworth from this thunderstorm.

Bureau of Meteorology severe weather warning.
Bureau of Meteorology severe weather warning.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • 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 6:40 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts.

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 Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Topics:  bom, bureau of meteorology, storms, weather




Young woman in highway crash

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

25-year-old loses control of her car at Haigslea

Atheists: Don't call yourself a Jedi!

The Atheist Foundation of Australia wants people who were born into a religion but no longer practice it to think about their answer in the upcoming Census.

Campaigners urge Australians to answer “no religion”

Partygoer's night ends with injury

Emergency Services, Ambulance, QAS,  Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

Paramedics called to the scene

Latest deals and offers

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

10 things to do this weekend

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Looking for something to do in Ipswich this weekend?

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb