Severe weather is causing chaos at Brisbane Airport, with flights grounded and thousands of homes left without power as massive storms sweep through the Queensland coast.
On Tuesday afternoon, about 5,600 homes in Brisbane‘s east, including Wynnum and Manly, as well as in the north of the city, were affected by blackouts. Energex spokesperson Danny Donald said repair crews are waiting for the lightning strikes to pass before restoring power.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an updated severe weather warning for Southeast Queensland, with multiple storm cells lashing the region, including Brisbane City, the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Ipswich, Gympie, Logan, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Redland City, Scenic Rim, Western Downs, South Burnett, and Moreton Bay Council Areas.
Intense rainfall, damaging winds, and large hailstones are possible. The Bureau added that a storm approaching Logan in the city’s south was particularly intense.
Brisbane City received 63mm of rain in one hour, while Rosalie in the inner-west copped 73mm.
The Bureau has warned of flooding in parts of the state, with the north also getting smashed by storms.
It has also warned of high rainfall in the Northern Territory and northeast NSW throughout the week.
Queensland has several weather warnings in place, with the after-effects of Cyclone Gabrielle felt in the region, while Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide can expect storms throughout the week.
It has been a week of extreme weather, with more than 50 bushfires burning across Queensland on Monday morning, and the Bureau warning of more scorching temperatures to come.