12,270 strikes of lightning in the region
STORMS battered the region on Tuesday night after a heatwave swept through the Wide Bay at the weekend.
According to Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Rod Rehbein, 12,270 strokes of lightning were recorded and some homes throughout the region lost power.
"The major impact was in the area north of Childers, where about 430 customers in Redridge, Doolbi, Horton, Abington and neighbouring areas lost power," Mr Rehbein said.
"We have our Maryborough crew in the area at the moment, helping our local team to get all power back up and running."
Childers Forum Facebook members said they had experienced major damage during the weather events. "My roller door was blown off its hinges. I had to reverse my car on to it to stop it blowing around. My laundry flooded also," Renee Harbourne said.
"I have four trees down, water through my house, guttering torn off roof and yard looking like a cyclone hit it," Raewyne Whitcombe Walker said.
To add to the region's damage, a lightning strike blasted a tree near the deck of a Coonarr home during the storm.
Resident Chris Nelson said they had experienced a mix of weather events, having previously been affected by bushfire at the weekend.
"Fire, then floods and lightning - truly Coonarr epitomises Australia Fair," he said.
Brisbane schoolchildren were evacuated from their campsite at Nielson Park when their tents were flooded from the downpour.
PCYC branch manager John Kendall said about 60 students and teachers from Ithaca Creek State School sought refuge at the centre.
"The school had gone out for a bit of a walk around the area and by the time they had returned to their tents, everything was flooded," he said.
"We had a distressed call from the teachers and then opened up the doors of the PCYC, where they stayed the night."
A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind, heavy rainfall and large hailstones was broadcast by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Wide Bay and Burnett region yesterday afternoon.
BOM has forecast possible storms for today, with a maximum temperature of 30 degrees.