Power back on in Toowoomba after outages
UPDATE: Power has been restored to the majority of Ergon Energy customers on the Darling Downs after storms caused widespread power supply interruptions last night.
More than 15,000 customers had their power supply cut in the Toowoomba, Southern Downs and Chinchilla regions as the storms brought lightning and strong winds gusts.
A major extended interruption affected about 1000 customers in Charlton, Glencoe, Gowrie Mountain and Kingsthorpe after lightning struck a pole about 7.30pm, which brought down the pole and the power lines it supported.
Power was restored to about 130 customers in Wilsonton about 1am this morning after high voltage power lines fell into the low-voltage lines underneath them, originally affecting about 3000 customers in Wilsonton, Wilsonton Heights, Newtown and Glenvale.
The storm impacts extended into the South Burnett with about 1300 customers in Kingaroy, Crawford, Wooroolin and Memerambi losing power about 9.10pm last night.
Areas where power has been restored include:
• Warwick, where 4200 customers were affected for 17 minutes;
• Ballandean and Wyberba, where 300 customers were affected due to damage to a lightning arrestor;
• Highfields, where 600 customers were impacted when a tree branch came to rest on power lines in Cecil Crescent;
• North Toowoomba and Rockville, where 1000 customers were affected until crews could patrol the lines to confirm power could be safely reinstated without any repairs being required.
•Miles, Wandoan, Taroom, Meandarra and Condamine, where 3000 customers had supply reinstated after 15 minutes.
SATURDAY 8:50PM: Parts of Toowoomba remain without power after lightning storms cut supply.
More than three thousand people are currently without power.
Ergon reports an unknown event cut power about 7pm tonight.
Affected areas include Glenvale, Newtown, Ramsay, Cranley, Wilsonton, Wilsonton Heights and Toowoomba.
Regional areas west of Toowoomba are also without power including Mt Tyson and Jondaryan.