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Monday, October 31, 2011

ENERGEX crews restore power to 17,000 customers after storms

ENERGEX crews have worked through the night to restore power to more than 17,000 homes and businesses across South East Queensland following an evening of wild weather in the region.

A series of storm cells rolled across South East Queensland during the evening, bringing with it a rapid-fire lightning display producing 100 strikes every minute.

In total more than 28,000 lightning strikes were recorded on ENERGEX’s South East Queensland power network, mostly in a three hour period between 7pm and 10pm.

Lightning forced ENREGEX crews to remain staged at their depots until the storm passed and it became to operate.

The worst hit areas, from a power perspective, were the Brisbane Valley, Lockyer Valley, the southern Brisbane bayside and the greater Ipswich area, however a number of other areas were also impacted.

ENERGEX crews are continuing to work this morning to complete the repairs to some areas of the network.

ENEGEX thanks customers for their patience in what was certainly and eventful evening for crews and emergency support staff.

With the storm season predicted to be a severe one, ENERGEX is urging all home owners to take precautionary measures around their properties.

Storm safety information is available from the company’s website at