A freak lightning storm that brought more than 265,000 lightning strikes hit south-east Queensland overnight shocking a Brisbane man under the shower and leaving more than 110,000 homes without power on February 11, 2018.
More than 265,000 lightning strikes and high winds have affected power to 130,000. Lots of wires down so pls keep away. Stay safe SEQ!
— Energex (@Energex) February 11, 2018
Brisbane and Logan were worst hit 32,000 resp. 55,000 homes plunged into darkness just after the the storm engulfed the area about 6.30pm with wind gusts reaching up to 111 km/h (69mph) in Moreton Bay.
Storms have caused mass damage including ripping down 500+ power lines, uprooting trees and damaging roofs.
— Kieran Shirey (@KieranShirey) February 11, 2018
Motorists are running low on petrol as petrol stations were left out of action due to power outages following the crazy storm. And the drought isn’t over. The weather event did not provide the much-needed rain as only between 20 and 40 millimetres fell across the region, with Brisbane receiving as little as 15 millimetres.
Fewer than 10,000 southeast Queensland properties were still affected by late Monday night, with Logan City accounting for nearly 7000 of them.
The Bureau of Meteorology cancelled the latest warning at 5.15pm, saying severe thunderstorms were no longer affecting the southeast Queensland area.