Homes left in dark as severe storm descends

MORE than 3000 residents were affected by power outages after a storm hit the region last night.

There were reports of strong winds and heavy rain, with the Bureau of Meterology recording 37.6mm as at 9am today.

On Facebook Petra Harris said she got 27mm of rain at Moffatdale.

"First decent rain (in) four months. Boy am I going to sleep well tonight," she said.

In Kingaroy there were reports that 40mm of rain had fallen.

Minister for Energy Mark McArdle said thousands of residents lost power during the storm.

"About 1,000 customers near Kingaroy were without power supply for 18 minutes as a result of the storms," he said.

"Power has also been restored to about 150 customers in Yarraman originally affected by this outage

"One of the major continuing power supply interruptions is affecting about 1,300 customers in Blackbutt and Bernarkin after lines came down in Enid Court, Blackbutt.

"A further 500 customers in and around Nanango are still without power and a further 200 have had their power cut this morning due to a leaning pole."

Emergency services also attended incidents around the region.

Kingaroy and Nanango Police reported trees down at several streets.

Kingaroy Police's Acting Senior Sergeant Brent Gerber said police were called to trees over the road at Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd near Goodger, Redmans Rd and Parsons Rd.

Nanango Police experienced a power outage at 10pm.

Sergeant Peter Bailey, from Gympie Police, said power lines were down at Church St for about two hours.

"(The council) reported electrical feeder lines were also down at Lions Park on the D'Aguilar Hwy," he said.

Sgt Bailey said a large gum tree blocked off the Bunya Hwy about 8.30pm.

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