UPDATE 7PM: Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey has taken to social media to remind people to stay home unless they need to go out. 

He called upon local residents to stay indoors and to refrain from any sightseeing activity.

The mayor says this could result in personal harm or harm or inconvenience to emergency workers.

The mayor also requested that every resident take the opportunity to check on the welfare of neighbours.

The council will provide further advice tomorrow on the clean-up from this afternoon's severe weather event.
 

UPDATE 6.50PM: Plenty of roads and streets have been cut off because of fallen trees and power lines.

Ergon Energy has received 90 reports of fallen power lines and a further 52 calls about low-lying lines or lines that have tree branches on them.

Customers with information to report that will help in the restoration are asked to call 13 22 96, or to call 000 if it is a life-threatening situation.

Updates will be posted on Ergon's Outage Finder at www.ergon.com.au/network/outages-and-disruptions/power-interruptions/outage-finder.

Roads affected

Here is a list of affected roads according to the Department of Transport and Main Roads:

Hazard: Debris on road

Elliott Heads Road

Kepnock / Woongarra

Power Lines Between McCarthy Street and Bundaberg Ring Road

 

Hazard: Road damage

Bundaberg Ring Road

Woongarra

 

Hazard: Road damage

Bruce Highway

Apple Tree Creek / Childers

 

Hazard: Road damage

Isis Highway (Childers Road)

Branyan / South Bingera

Potholes at various locations. Reduced speed limits in place

 

Hazard: Road damage

Bruce Highway

Kolonga

About 44km north of Gin Gin

 

Hazard: Road damage

Bruce Highway

Aldershot

Near the Rampton Road intersection

 

Hazard: Road damage

Isis Highway

Dallarnil

 

UPDATE 6.30PM: More than 26,000 Bundaberg homes have lost power after an abrupt storm caused chaos late today.

This extends from Mt Perry in the west to Bargara in the east, north to Winfield and south to Kinkuna.

This means 60 per cent of customers in the Bundaberg depot area are affected and 50 per cent in the Gin Gin depot area, an Ergon Energy spokesman said.

A home had its roof blown off on McNeilly St.
A home had its roof blown off on McNeilly St.

UPDATE 6PM: A truck has crashed into powerlines on Bucca Rd at Meadowvale. 

The driver is all right and the job has been made a priority so that lines can be cut off and the driver rescued from the semi-trailer.

It is believed a home on Moore Park Rd has been destroyed by the storm. 

UPDATE 5.44PM: A massive tree outside Centrelink in Bundaberg has been ripped from the ground in this afternoon's storm. 

It is resting on at least one car. 

There are reports that a tree has gone through a home in North Bundaberg. 

Traffic is blocked on Hunter St due to downed powerlines. 

Numerous traffic crashes have been reported.

UPDATE 5.15PM: Emergency crews are rushing to various locations following the sudden storm. 

A roof is off on Hunter St. 

There are reports of a home being seriously damaged on Hunter St, with powerlines down and entangled in the building. 

Powerlines are down at the intersection of Walker and Targo Sts. 

There are reports one person at Kepnock has been electrocuted, while there are also separate reports of a boat on its side. 

Trees and branches have come down, including a large branch near the NewsMail office. 

Numerous traffic lights are out around town, including Maryborough and Bourbong St. 

A marquee is believed to have collapsed at the Bundaberg Racecourse. 

Anita Taylor Miffy shared this image.
Anita Taylor Miffy shared this image.

Walker St boom gates are believed to be down and broken. 

There are reports of powerlines down on Kepnock Rd, McCarthy Rd and Elliott Heads Rd. 

Police have received numerous calls for help from around the region. 

Crews rush out during the storm.
Crews rush out during the storm.

UPDATE 5PM: Branches are all over the roads of Bundaberg as a heavy downpour continues to lash the region. 

Traffic lights are out at Scotland St and there are reports that numerous suburbs have lost power. 

A witness said roads appear to be flash flooding, with chaos on the roads as locals attempt to get home through the storm. 

Powerlines rest in trees on Boundary St near the south state school.
Powerlines rest in trees on Boundary St near the south state school.

There are reports of 98km/h wind gusts at Bundaberg. 

In rainfall, 39mm has fallen at Splitters Creek in a 15-minute time period. 

The storm over the Hummock.
The storm over the Hummock.

EARLIER: Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Gympie, Bundaberg, Emerald, Noosa, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Biloela, Blackwater, Baralaba, Springsure and Carnarvon National Park.

 

A map of the storm area released by BoM.
A map of the storm area released by BoM. Crystal Jones

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia districts.

Locations which may be affected include Baralaba, Woorabinda and Duaringa.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district and the warning for this district is cancelled.

Reports from earlier today:

  • 2-3cm hail reported near Beaudesert
  • 3-4cm hail reported at Kandanga
  • 2cm hail reported near North Lakes
  • 2-3cm hail reported at Banyo
  • 5cm hail reported at Melawondi
  • 104 km/h wind gust reported at Double Island Point

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • 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 7.25pm.

If severe thunderstorms develop in the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe), a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.

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 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.



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