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Power outages impact 10,000 as storms lash region

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Local resident Cassie Williams took this photo of lightening during last night's storm in Bundaberg.

A lightning show illuminated the sky last night as a weekend of humidity ended with powerful storms lashing the Bundaberg Region, causing thousands of homes and businesses to lose power.

An Ergon Energy spokesperson said 10,000 customers had been impacted by storm damage to the network after 450,000 lightening strikes were recorded within a 2km radius of the region.

The spokesperson said clean up and restoration crews were now working in affected areas.

“Our Bundy crews are out in force assessing the damage from more wild weather,” the spokesperson said.

“Close to half a million lightning strikes were recorded across the region.

“While power has been restored to the vast majority of customers, there were more than 10,000 off at the height of the storms.

“It won't be a quick fix in the worst-affected areas where there is network damage.”

To find out more about power outages in your area, head to Ergon Energy's Outage Finder.

The spokesperson said while the weather was now a little calmer, it was important to remember that dangers were still present.

“Stay away from fallen powerlines and report them to us on 13 16 70 or emergency services on 000,” the spokesperson said.

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Ergon Energy crews are out today to assess storm damage in the Bundaberg Region.

“They can be hidden in tree branches, so take care and stay line aware when you’re cleaning up.”

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the wet weather could stick around a little longer with a chance of thunderstorms and showers predicted for the remainder of the week.

In last night's wild weather event, the region copped 64 mm of rain in Bundaberg, 57mm in Bargara and 87mm in Gin Gin.

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