Power outages across the region as lightning strikes more than twice

DRENCHED: Torrential rain overnight has given south-east Queensland a good soaking. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
DRENCHED: Torrential rain overnight has given south-east Queensland a good soaking. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

SCENIC Rim residents were delighted with the decent rainfall that fell on farms and paddocks across the region last week but the escalating humidity and high temperatures created hot days with temperatures nudging 37 degrees and sweltering nights, with overnight temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

The Bureau of Meteorology says we can expect higher than normal minimums as well as maximum temperatures for the rest of this week.

BOM forecaster Rosa Hoff said a high of 37 degrees was expected early in the week, dropping to 35-36 Thursday and Friday and to the low 30s at the weekend.

Storms on Monday knocked out the electricity supply to homes across the Scenic Rim, with some still without power on Tuesday morning.

An Energex spokesman said most homes in the region had restored power by 10pm Monday but there were still pockets without supply on Tuesday morning including some customers in Allenview and Gleneagle.

He said the majority of outages were caused by lightning.

"There were 28,124 lightning strikes over Logan and the Scenic Rim," he said.

"Of these, 7369 truck the ground or the Energex grid."

The best rainfall for Beaudesert happened on Saturday after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for torrential rain and thunderstorms about 5am.

BOM forecaster Kimba Wong said the overnight storms by Saturday morning had brought heavy rainfalls across the south-east region of Queensland.

"Some areas received in excess of 300mm of rain including the Gold Coast's Loders Creek where 325mm was recorded," she said.

By Monday morning the total rainfall across the region was significant.

Beaudesert proper received a total of 143 millimetres in the eight days before Monday 9am, while Kooralbyn copped 201 millimetres in total.

Canungra received 150mm in the past eight days, with Tamborine Mountain and Rathdowney each recording totals of 173mm.

Boonah only received a total of 88mm.