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Lightning strike injures man in shower during Queensland storm

Lightning strike injures man in shower during Queensland storm

"The storm was only brief but it was powerful and appears to have caused a lot of damage to homes and motor vehicles", Ms Clinton said.

Paramedics rushed a pre-teen Brisbane boy to hospital after he suffered an electric shock while taking a shower at his Ferny Grove home during the storm, an ambulance spokesman said. He's recovering in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Michael Paech said the storm had brought strong winds, but not much rainfall.

Energex crews from across Queensland have been pulled into the south east to assist with emergency repairs this morning, with a heatwave making matters worse for all those homes unable to use their air conditioners and fans.

About 52 Coast properties are still without power, according to Energex spokesman Justin Coomber.

Wild winds did much of the damage, with gusts of 109km/h recorded at Redcliffe, 107km/h in the Redlands district, and 90km/h across Brisbane.




These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Beaudesert and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert by 5:35 pm, and Boonah, Beenleigh, Laidley and Caloundra by 6:05 pm.

Lightning strikes over the Gold Coast on Sunday night.

The cities of Logan and Brisbane were most affected, with more than 55,000 homes in Logan and 32,000 homes in Brisbane losing power.

Workers managed to get power back on for 78,000 other properties, but Energex warned residents in storm-affected suburbs to be wary and assume any fallen lines were live and stay away.

"The extreme weather event also caused disruption to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast trains services due to power outages and failing radio communications".


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