Friday afternoon's storm took off part of the shed roof spreading pieces of roofing iron and timber over a paddock at the Tessmann family's farm at Coolabunia (Photo: Cr Damien Tessmann)
Lightning strikes recorded on the Energex tracker on Friday afternoon

January 30, 2016

Thousands of South Burnett residents were without power for nearly three and a half hours on Friday afternoon after a string of storms passed across the region.

Heavy rainfall was recorded in many towns and hail fell in Nanango.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a total of 23.2mm fell in Kingaroy on Friday, followed by another 41.8mm to 3:00pm on Saturday.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said two sub-transmission lines between the Tarong and Kingaroy sub-stations both tripped during Friday’s storm, which was unusual.

“This resulted in about 14,000 customers in Kingaroy, Nanango, Yarraman, Blackbutt, Kumbia and surrounding areas having their power supply interrupted from 2:40pm until just before 6:00pm,” the spokesman said.

Smaller numbers of Ergon Energy customers in other parts of the South Burnett also were affected by blackouts, while some areas that were part of the larger outage experienced longer interruptions due to faults on their section of the network.

Customers at Kingaroy Shoppingworld were herded out of stores as the power was cut, and shop owners pulled down shutters.

A total of 20,838 lightning strokes were recorded in the South Burnett Regional Council area during the storm.

More storm damage at the Tessmann's farm ... a power line to the dairy was cut
(Photo: Cr Damien Tessmann)
Shoppers and storekeepers were left in the dark except for emergency lighting at Kingaroy Shoppingworld when the power was cut

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