Storm hits Beaudesert, causing fire, fallen tree and widespread power outages

STORM DAMAGE: A tree dropped on the Mount Lindesay Highway near Tullamore Way last week. Photo: Brian Williams
STORM DAMAGE: A tree dropped on the Mount Lindesay Highway near Tullamore Way last week. Photo: Brian Williams

STORM damage yesterday afternoon created widespread power outages, with fire crews, Energex and council workers scrambling to restore services around Beaudesert.

An Energex spokesman said in total there were 1.259 customers affected across Josephville, Kooralbyn, Sarabah, Witheren,Canungra, Bromelton, Gleneagle, Gleneagle, Allenview and Milora.

"If you add Logan and Scenic Rim local government areas there were 20,300 (properties) affected," he said.

"There were approximately 58,000 lightning strikes in the Gold Coast/Scenic Rim/Logan areas as well, out of a total 100,000 for south-east Queensland."

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said local firefighters responded to reports of a power pole and grass on fire near Beaudesert Nerang Road and Brooklands Drive.

The spokeswoman said the incident was caused by lightning strike.

Firefighters arrived at 4.21pm and left the scene in the hands of Energex after extinguishing the fire.

Another storm-related incident saw a tree across the road on the Mount Lindesay Highway near Tullamore Way.

The QFES spokeswoman said there was no hazard evident and firefighters handed the job over to Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Thousands of households were without electricity, including at Kooralbyn, where the power was out until about 8pm, leaving many concerned that they would also lose mobile phone coverage, which only lasts for four hours after a power outage.