Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
Brisbane has been spared a second wave of storms that swept the southeast overnight, with the Wide Bay region and Rockhampton expected to cop the weather systems on Friday. In the 12 hours from 9am on Thursday the highest rainfalls for Brisbane were on the north side with Enoggera Dam recording 61mm. Currumbin Creek on the Gold Coast had the highest in the southeast with 69mm, the majority of which fell in just half an hour.
“The storms are moving quickly so they’re not over any particular spot for a long period so they’re producing intense rainfall but in most places it’s fairly short lived,” senior forecaster Jonty Hall said.In the second wave of storms tonight, Woodford was hit the hardest but the storm continued to weaken as it moved towards the coast.
Tomorrow the weather system is expected to move further north, sparing Brisbane the ferocious storms that have lashed the city over the last several days.”Most activity will be further to Brisbane’s north around Wide Bay, Fraser Coast up towards the central coast, Rockhampton and Gladstone,” Mr Hall said.
The Sunshine Coast may also see some storm activity. As of 11pm on Thursday, over 3000 Energex customers were still without power. In the storm battered Lockyer Valley 1065 people are without power while in the Moreton Bay region 1917 are in the dark. Just over 70 customers in Brisbane have no power, 36 in the Scenic Rim Region and 7 at Somerset.
Earlier, it was reported travellers arriving and leaving Brisbane Airport have faced lengthy delays due to potentially dangerous lightning strikes. An airport spokeswoman said, “extremely heavy rain, low cloud and high winds” were also contributing to the delays.
“Safety is the top priority and lightning strikes have stopped action on the ground,” she said.