Bureau of Meteorology issues severe thunderstorm warning for exhausted Queenslanders


Queenslanders are being warned to stay on high alert with more severe weather set to batter the state following the series of brutal Christmas storms earlier this week.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for a large area of southeast Queensland, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warning of damaging winds around parts of Capricornia, Wide Bay and the Burnett districts.

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This includes the areas of Maryborough, Bundaberg and Gin Gin.

Isolated thunderstorms are also possible in parts of eastern and northern Queensland.

There is also a low chance of isolated severe thunderstorms between St Lawrence and Redcliffe, according to the BOM.

Parts of Queensland are also sweltering in heatwave temperatures, including Julia Creek which reached the highest in the state at 45.2C.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Queensland. Credit: BOM

While the risk of severe thunderstorms is easing on Friday, it is expected to begin ramping up again in the state’s southeast on Saturday.

This comes as the southeast still recovers from a series of severe storms earlier this week, leaving seven people dead and homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged, while thousands are still without power.

The state’s energy provider Energex has announced a Restoration Plan for affected areas, saying the damage to some networks will require them to be completely rebuilt.

“At the peak of the Christmas Day storms, more than 130,000 customers had their electricity supply interrupted, and more than 1000 power lines were brought down,” Energex said.

Hundreds of trees have fallen on roads following storms in the Gold Coast. Credit: 7NEWS

“By the evening of 30 December 2023 we are aiming to have supply available to 80 per cent of impacted customers, 90 per cent of the network restored by the evening of 31 December 2023.”

Stories of survival have begun to emerge out of Wongawallan at the foothills of Mt Tamborine, one of the worst hit areas, including one man who made a narrow escaped, hiding under his car, as his house was pulled apart around him on Christmas Day.

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