POWER GONE: An Ergon Energy workers trying to restore power to a power line.
POWER GONE: An Ergon Energy workers trying to restore power to a power line. Peter Carruthers

LIVE COVERAGE: Power slowly being restored across the region

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The third thunderstorm in three days struck the Gladstone Region on Tuesday night.

While more brief than Monday night's sustained thunder and lightning, upwards of 3000 customers across the region lost power.

Click the link below to read and watch yesterday's coverage:

Wednesday |

4.55PM: THE CAPRICORNIA District was struck by lightning 1062 times last night, according to figures from lightningmaps.org.

That number only covers strikes to the earth, and doesn't include buildings - or telephone towers.

Read the full story here - and check out some of the best pics from around the region below:

11.34AM: POWER has been restored to thousands of homes across the region since yesterday evening, though 376 customers are still waiting.

About 178 of those customers are at Boyne Island and have been experiencing serious issues with their power since Monday evening.

Crews are either en route or working on the problems at each location except for the two outages at Calliope, which Ergon says is delayed due to crews being "unable to continue".

About 42 customers in Calliope are affected by those outages.

Customers in Byellee, Clinton and Gladstone can expect their power to return around 12.30pm.

The full list of current outages is as follows:

  • Agnes Water: Captain Cook Dr, Round Hill Rd
  • Baffle Creek: Cross Rd, Tablelands Rd
  • Berajondo: Hills Rd, Tableland Rd
  • Boyne Island: Ballook St, Belah Ct, Beltana Dr, Brin St, Curtis Ave, Eugenia Ct, Jarrah Dr, Kirrang Pl, Minya Cl, Pittsbay Cres, Wattora Cl, Werite Ct, Yaraan Ct
  • Boyne Valley: Marble Creek Rd
  • Byellee: Byellee Rd
  • Calliope: Bindawallah Rd, Clifton Rd, Diglum Rd, Mercer Rd, Monto Rd, Moore Rd, Rowanlea Rd, Tableland Rd
  • Clinton: Callemondah Dr, Don Young Dr, Red Rover Rd
  • Euleilah: Hills Rd, Webster Rd, Wytallabah Rd
  • Gladstone: Byellee Rd, Meegan Rd
  • Mount Larcom: Aplin Rd, Applin Lane, Bracewell Rd, Cave Rd, Davis Rd, East End Rd, Johnson Rd, Lucke Rd, Mt Larcom-Bracewell Rd, Webb Rd
  • Rosedale: Cross Rd, Mitchell Rd, Tableland Rd

8.57AM: THE QUEENSLAND Ambulance Service has confirmed paramedics treated a patient at a private residence in Benaraby last night after lightning reportedly struck a nearby structure.

The patient was taken to Gladstone Hospital in a stable condition suffering some dizziness and pain in their arm.

Tuesday |

8.55PM: THE SEVERE storm warning for the Gladstone Region issued earlier this evening has been cancelled.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring anywhere in Queensland, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Here's our first look at a clean warning map in a long time:

NO WARNING: The severe thunderstorm warning for the Gladstone Region has been cancelled.
NO WARNING: The severe thunderstorm warning for the Gladstone Region has been cancelled. Bureau of Meteorology

8.38PM: THE ESSENDEAN Bridge has recorded the highest rainfall total since 9am, with 59mm.

Bulburin is close behind with 56 mm, while the Gladstone Radar and Airport gauges recorded 15mm and 22mm respectively.

8.24PM: POWER has been knocked out across Agnes Water, Baffle Creek and surrounding towns.

3066 customers have lost power - the most of any local government area in regional Queensland.

The list of streets in the Gladstone Region currently without power is as follows:

  • Agnes Water: Agnes St, Allingham Way, Anderson Way, Atlantis Bvd, Avocado Cres, Baldaw Rd, Ballantyne Rd, Banksia Rd, Bayview Cl, Beach Houses Estate Rd, Beaches Village Cct, Bicentennial Dr, Bills Rd, Bloodwood North Ave, Bloodwood South Ave, Bootmaker Dr, Bouch Ct, Bousgas Dr, Bryant St, Bunker Rd, Cabbage Palm Dr, Captain Cook Dr, Careta Cl, Chalmers Ct, Coral Ave, Corfield Dr, Countess Russell Cres, Creevey Dr, Davies Rd, Dillon Rd, Discovery Dr, Dolphin Ct, Donohue Dr, Evans Ct, Fitzroy Cres, Gibbons Ct, Goldsands Ct, Grahame Colyer Dr, Hawkes Bill Dr, Honeymoon Bay Dr, Innamincka Way, Jaenke Ct, Jakeman Dr, Jarvey Dr, Jeffery Ct, Jobson Rd, Josefski Rd, Joseph Banks Bvd, Lady Elliot Dr, Lady Musgrave Ct, Marine Pde, Maroolingah Rd, Mary Munro Cres, Masthead Dr, Mcghee Cres, Moffett Ct, Murray Hilton Cl, North Break Dr, Occhilipo Cct, Ocean Beach Dr, Ocean Rdge, Off Agnes St, Pacific Ct, Palm Ct, Palm Grove Rd, Panorama Cl, Quarry Rd, Rafting Ground Rd, Range Rd, Redgum Dr, Rocky Crossing Rd, Round Hill Rd, Seascape Cl, Seaspray Dr, Seaview Ct, Shady Lane, Solander Cl, Springs Rd, Starfish St, Streeter Dr, Sunbird Dr, Sunlover Ave, Sunrise Cl, Sunset Dr, Surf Club Ave, Tavern Rd, The Crescent Cres, The Promenade St, Thompson St, Uxbridge Rd, Waterfront Dr, Watermark Ave, Watkins Rd, Webster Ct, Whitby Pl, Whyte Cres, Wilson Dr, Wistari Tce, Woodrow Dr, Yabby Rd, Young Nicks Way, Zamia Ct
  • Baffle Creek: Bayfield Rd, Bischoffs Rd, Capricornia Dr, Coast Rd, Cross Rd, Dale Dr, Deepwater Rd, Emery Rd, Fernfield Rd, Fingerfield Rd, Flat Rock Rd, Freshwater Ct, Kate Ave, Kirchner Rd, Lindy Dr, Matchbox Rd, Maude Hill Rd, Muller Rd, Oyster Creek Rd, Pacific Dr, Rules Beach Rd, Seabreeze Ct, Sorensen Rd, Sorenson Rd, Tablelands Rd, Wreck Rock Rd
  • Berajondo: Hills Rd, Tableland Rd, Taunton Rd
  • Captain Creek: Creevey Dr, Davies Rd, Murphy Rd, Round Hill Rd
  • Deepwater: Maude Hill Rd, Oceania Ct
  • Euleilah: Hills Rd, Webster Rd, Wytallabah Rd
  • Lowmead: Bruce Hwy
  • Miriam Vale: Fingerboard Rd
  • Rosedale: Cross Rd, Mitchell Rd, Tableland Rd
  • Round Hill: Rocky Crossing Rd
  • Rules Beach: Lindy Dr
  • Seventeen Seventy: Banks Dr, Barton St, Captain Cook Dr, Elliot St, Endeavour St, Gaden St, Ocean Dr, Orton Ct, Tupia St
  • Taunton: Williams Way
  • Urangan: Harrison Cct
  • Wyreema: Lemon Ct

8.06PM: RADAR animation from the Bureau of Meteorology reveals how the second storm to hit Gladstone and its surrounding suburbs this evening was smaller and less intense than the first - though the port city still received some heavy rain.

7.48PM: ERGON Energy crews are set for another busy evening after a massive amount of properties in the Gladstone Region experienced power outages during the brief but intense electrical storm earlier this evening.

Power outages are being reported at the following locations - a total of 2006 customers:

  • Agnes Water: Captain Cook Dr, Round Hill Rd, Streeter Dr
  • Baffle Creek: Cross Rd, Tablelands Rd
  • Benaraby: Bruce Hwy, Awoonga Dam Rd
  • Berajondo: Hills Rd, Tableland Rd
  • Bororen: Foreshores Rd, Turkey Beach Rd
  • Boyne Island: Ballook St, Belah Ct, Beltana Dr, Brin St, Curtis Ave, Eugenia Ct, Jarrah Dr, Kirrang Pl, Minya Cl, Pittsbay Cres, Wattora Cl, Werite Ct, Yaraan Ct, Alexander St, Alpine Ave, Andrew Ct, Banksia St, Bass St, Bauhinia St, Beltana Dr, Bessie Ct, Bluewater Dr, Brin St, Currawong Ct, Curtis Ave, Edward St, Fitzroy Ct, Irving Ct, Lilly St, Lomandra St, Malpas St, Mangrove Pl, Marina Ave, Mooring Pl, Pittsbay Cres, Polmaise St, Richard St, Richmond Ct, Salgado St, Sayre Cres, Seal St, Swains Ct, Tarcoola Dr, The Promenade Pde, Valley Way, Wanda Dr, Wattle Ct
  • Euleilah: Hills Rd, Webster Rd, Wytallabah Rd
  • Iveragh: Bruce Hwy, Cherryvale Rd, Christensen Rd, Dude Ranch Rd, Off Bruce Hwy, Otto Rd, Pages Rd, Rodds Bay Rd, Wildman Rd
  • Rodds Bay: Bruce Hwy, Rodds Bay Rd, Thwaites Rd
  • Rosedale: Cross Rd, Mitchell Rd, Tableland Rd
  • Tannum Sands: Balmain Ct, Bevington St, Blackwell St, Booth Ave, Buckley Ct, Caledon St, Cambridge Cl, Canoe Point Rd, Clearview Ct, Cremorne Dr, Cressey Ct, Creswell Ct, Delaney Ct, Denchley St, Di St, Douglas St, Drummond Ct, Dunn St, Forsyth Ct, Fox Ct, Garnet St, Gately Ct, Geoffrey Thomas Dr, Glenville St, Gregory St, Hampton Dr, Hoddinott Cl, Keating St, Kerfoot Cl, Kylie Maree Ct, Langdon St, Latrobe St, Lawrence Ct, Macedon St, Madigan St, Marquis Ct, Myer Ct, Onslow St, Parkside St, Pleasant Ave, Pryde St, Ridge Cl, Selina Ct, Stephen Ct, The Oaks Rd, Timbertop Ct, Tyson Cres, Waratah Cres, Wedge St, Winnecke Rd

There is no estimated fix time listed for any of these events, though crews are headed to the site of the problem at (Agnes Water/Baffle Creek/Berajondo/Euleilah/Rosedale) and working at the site of the Boyne Island outage which has been in place all day.

7.34PM: THE OBSERVER has unconfirmed reports of a person being struck or otherwise affected by lightning at a property on Ronald Crescent at Benaraby.

Due to the high amount of incidents around the region emergency services personnel are unable to confirm yet whether or not an ambulance has been sent to the property.

Updates on this situation will follow as details become available.

7.23PM: Observer reader Courtney Johnson captured this colourful picture of the brief storm which hit Gladstone about an hour ago.

 

NATURE'S PALETTE: The storm that hit Gladstone shortly after 6pm was brief but beautiful.
NATURE'S PALETTE: The storm that hit Gladstone shortly after 6pm was brief but beautiful. Courtney Johnson

7.18PM: GLADSTONE is being treated to some spectacular lightning and thunder - even if the rain itself seemed to be over as quickly as it began.

The squall line captured in the animation below passed quickly over Gladstone and out to sea, though not before Agnes Water and 1770 in particular received some especially intense lightning strikes.

But we're not out of the woods yet, according to the forecast.

Meteorologist Andrew Bufalino said the first storm had been brief but there was more activity developing in the west.

"That squall line stretched from well past Rocky to the northern parts of Bundy - it looks like the Gladstone Region was the (thinnest part)," he said.

"But there's more... developing in the west and I wouldn't be surprised if Gladstone sees some more activity later in the evening."

6.25PM: THE THIRD storm in three days to hit Gladstone has arrived. Stay tuned to this page for further updates.

5.48PM: FIRE crews were called to the Young Australian Hotel last night after patrons heard a loud bang close by.

A switchboard in the accommodation building had caught fire, causing the building to be evacuated.

A man who had been staying in the accommodation told The Observer he had been watching Beverly Hills Cop when he heard the noise right outside his room.

Read the full story here.

 

STORM HAVOC: Firefighters gained access to the Young Australian Hotel after a switchboard caught fire.
STORM HAVOC: Firefighters gained access to the Young Australian Hotel after a switchboard caught fire. Andrew Thorpe

3.49PM: GLADSTONE is now included in the Bureau of Meteorology's severe weather warning.

The Bureau is warning of heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, large hailstone and damaging winds across the entire Gladstone Region over the next several hours.

The details are otherwise the same as included in the update at 1.56pm.

The next update is due to be issued by 6.40pm, but the warning is likely to be altered before then.

 

WARNING: The Bureau's severe weather warning now covers the entire Gladstone Region.
WARNING: The Bureau's severe weather warning now covers the entire Gladstone Region. Bureau of Meteorology

3.19PM: POWER has been restored to a further 103 customers across the region.

Repairs have been completed allowing homes in Rosedale and Tannum Sands to reconnect to the network.

Ergon Energy's outage finder lists 178 customers at Boyne Island as still being without power, though an Ergon Energy spokesman said the actual number was slightly lower.

2.13PM: POWER has been restored to 49 homes in Raglan who lost connection this morning as a result of public safety concerns, as directed by emergency services.

Power remains out at 261 homes across Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, as well as 20 homes in Rosedale where crews are working on site.

Fault-finding has been completed regarding the issue at Tannum Sands and Ergon is estimating power will be restored to 83 Tannum Sands customers at about 3pm.

1.56PM: AS EXPECTED, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for a large portion of Central and South East Queensland.

Gladstone itself is not yet included in the warning area, though south-western parts of the Gladstone Region and towns in the Banana Shire including Biloela are covered by the current alert.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are advising people in the warning area to:

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees
  • Secure loose outdoor items
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlins
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued before 4.45pm.

 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: The warning area does not yet cover Gladstone itself but that may change in the near future.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: The warning area does not yet cover Gladstone itself but that may change in the near future. Bureau of Meteorology

1.26PM: JASON Gordon captured this video of lightning striking at Telina in Gladstone last night:

Lightning strike at Telina, Gladstone: FRIED: Jason Gordon captured this strike at one-quarter speed.
Lightning strike at Telina, Gladstone: FRIED: Jason Gordon captured this strike at one-quarter speed.

12.57PM: THE BUREAU of Meteorology is warning people living in the Gladstone Region that the same conditions which led to a massive thunderstorm last night are in place today.

Meteorologist Aditi Sharan said the Bureau was forecasting a high chance of showers across the region this afternoon, with a chance of a thunderstorm later in the evening.

"That thunderstorm, like yesterday, could possibly be severe, and with that there is a chance of severe rain," Ms Sharan said.

The Bureau's website lists the chance of rain in Gladstone as 80% and is forecasting a maximum temperature of 33 degrees.

While there is no official severe weather warning in place as of yet, Ms Sharan said that would change once a system began to form out of the current conditions.

"The situation is still similar to yesterday... once it forms a warning will be sent out," she said.

"Just keep watching the Bureau of Meteorology page for those warnings."

 

12.18PM: BOYNE Island resident Helena Trace snapped this photo of a backup generator being dropped off in the vicinity of Curtis Ave, which is currently experiencing outages.

 

BACKUPL A backup generator has been dropped off in the vicinity of Curtis Ave, which is currently experiencing outages.
BACKUPL A backup generator has been dropped off in the vicinity of Curtis Ave, which is currently experiencing outages. Helena Trace

11.53AM: 304 homes remain without power across Boyne Island, Raglan, Rosedale and Tannum Sands as Ergon crews work to determine the cause of the outages and fix the problem.

There have been no updates to any estimated repair times, with Raglan and Rosedale homes expected to have power returned within the next couple of hours but no fix on the horizone for Boyne and Tannum.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said it was impossible to estimate a repair time as crews were still determining exactly what had caused the loss of power last night.

 

CACTUS: An Ergon Energy crew works to repair a faulty transformer.
CACTUS: An Ergon Energy crew works to repair a faulty transformer. Michael Richards

9.22AM: WELCOME to the second day of The Observer's coverage of the severe storm which lashed the Gladstone Region last night - at one point causing more than 1700 residents to lose power.

Ergon Energy reported 1742 customers were affected at 8.01pm last night, although that number had dropped to 169 customers once power was restored as at 10.15pm.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said technicians rerouted supply from other areas in order restore power to homes last night and the company will target the underlying issue when work resumes today.

According to the Ergon website, power is yet to be restored in Ballook St, Belah Ct, Beltana Dr, Brin St, Curtis Ave, Eugenia Ct, Jarrah Dr, Kirrang Pl, Minya Cl, Pittsbay Cres, Wattora Cl, Werite Ct and Yaraan Ct at Boyne Island.

There are 83 customers affected in the Tannum Sands area with Booth Ave, Caledon St, Geoffrey Thomas Dr, Hampton Dr, Kylie Maree Ct, Onslow St, Selina Ct and The Oaks Rd with crews currently working on site.

There is no estimated fix time for customers in the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area at this stage.

Customers at Rosedale can expect their power to be restored by 1pm.

There are also outages reported at Monto Rd at Nagoorin and Langmorn St, Norton St, Raglan St and Raglan Station Rd at Raglan.

Last night's light and thunder show also produced heavy falls around the region, including a whopping 108mm at Boyne Island in the 24 hours up to 9am this morning.

Other rainfall totals are listed below:

Awoonga Dam: 41mm

Benaraby: 94mm

Boyne Island: 108mm

Captain Creek: 40mm

Calliope: 25mm

Gladstone: 67mm

Gladstone Airport: 57mm

Miriam Vale: 25mm

Town of 1770: 31mm.