East Queensland storms: more wild weather as 50000 without power

Lightning Strikes Leave Thousands In The Dark

Severe storms headed for the Gold Coast

More than 60,000 south-east Queensland residents remain without power this morning after a severe thunderstorm swept through the region last night.

The cities of Logan and Brisbane were most affected, with more than 55,000 homes in Logan and 32,000 homes in Brisbane losing power.

Energex spokesman Justin Coomber said crews had worked through the night to restore power after widespread damage from the storms.

Some people could have a long wait for the lights to come back on with power authorities saying it could be as late as Tuesday afternoon or evening in some locations.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely. At Boonah, west of Brisbane, residents posted pictures of huge hail stones on social media.

Across the state a staggering 135,000 properties were plunged into darkness when wild winds and powerful lightning strikes lashed through Queensland; 4800 of those homes were on the Coast.

He was transported to Prince Charles Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Parents are being advised to check the Department of Education website as a number of schools may be affected by the storm damage.

The severe weather also caused delays to train services on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines, but they later returned to normal.

While thousands of concert goers were evacuated from Brisbane's Riverstage before U.S. band Paramore were set to take the stage, with concerns about the heavy rain and amount of lightening strikes above.

Brisbane was warned to brace for 36 degrees on Sunday but peaked at 34.5, Coolangatta was expecting to reach 33 degrees but fell three short and the Gold Coast was also forecast to hit 33 but only reached 31.6 degrees.

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