Wild winds cut power across the region

Wild winds have caused damage to powerlines across the region. Source: Ergon Energy.

By Dominique Tassell

Thousands of homes across the region have lost power as a result of the strong winds in the region seen this week.

Almost 1000 homes went an entire night without power, while over 600 Granite Belt homes are still without power.

Ergon currently has four reported outages in the region, with the largest affecting 537 homes in an area extending from the Stanthorpe area down across the border to areas such as Liston.

Earlier today they estimated it would be fixed by 1 pm.

A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds (winds greater than 90km/hr) was issued early yesterday and is still in place.

Reportedly, winds reaching 83km/h were detected in Applethorpe last night.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicted earlier this week that, due to the significant rainfall the region has also seen, we would see fallen trees and powerlines.

They also warned of possible flash flooding due to blocked drains.

Ergon stated on Facebook earlier today that their crews were onsite repairing network damage caused by the wild weather.

They confirmed at midday that they had already restored power to thousands of customers at Stanthorpe and surrounding areas and were working to get the rest safely reconnected.

The outages were caused by falling trees in some areas, they stated.

Temperatures are expected to drop to one degree this week in Stanthorpe, with a wind chill on top of that, though BOM has warned locals that snow may not be in sight just yet.