Front brings dust and thunderstorms



BRIEF storms on Wednesday night and overnight were part of the same weather system, according to the weather bureau.

Rockhampton weather forecaster Murray Porteous said a trough coming in from the west lifted dust from inland but also introduced conditions resulting in storms all over this region.

He said the thunderstorms travelled in a wave, bringing storms all the way from western Queensland to the coast.

He said a storm that resulted in relatively little rain but furious winds and lightning activity on Wednesday about 9.30pm in Biloela was the same storm that hit Gladstone about midnight the same day.

The storm caused a power outage in Biloela. Ergon Energy's corporate communications manager Bob Pleash said a lightning strike interrupted a main supply line affecting about 1200 people in the Biloela central business and residential area. Supply was restored about an hour later.

Biloela airport received 13mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday. The township got 14mm.

In Gladstone Radar Hill had 15mm of rain in that time and the airport 24mm.

Mt Larcom had 0.8mm, Builyan 0.4mm and Hazeldean 16mm.



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