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Thousands Of Homes Still Without Power After Freak Storm

No air con for 35° day

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Around 50,000 homes remain without power in south east Queensland following a violent storm that has ripped roofs off homes, brought down around 500 power lines and several trees, and forced the evacuation of one of Brisbane's biggest concert venues.

More than 265,000 lightening strikes and strong winds were recorded across the region, the strongest winds were recorded at Moreton Bay, getting up to 111km/h, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. While residents on the Scenic Rim copped cricket ball-sized hail. 

The SES responded to around 100 calls for assistance, with significant damage reported in South Brisbane and around Logan. One man was rushed to hospital after suffering an electric shock in the shower, when lightening stuck near his phone at Ferny Grove. He's recovering in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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While thousands of concert goers were evacuated from Brisbane's Riverstage before US band Paramore were set to take the stage, with concerns about the heavy rain and amount of lightening strikes above. The crowds were housed in the QUT carpark next door before re-entry was organised once the worst of the storm had passed.

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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. We're heading for a top temp of 35 degrees in Brisbane and 38 degrees at Ipswich.

Parents are being advised to check the Department of Education website as a number of schools may be affected by the storm damage. At the moment Creastmead State School is listed as closed.

While there is a chance we could see more thunderstorm action tonight, the Bureau has forecast the chance of a gusty storm in the evening, which could develop into something possibly severe. There are no storm warnings current for the region.

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