IN THE DARK: 1373 Ergon customer have lost power. Source: Kylie Dyer.
IN THE DARK: 1373 Ergon customer have lost power. Source: Kylie Dyer.

1373 Gladstone homes lose power as storm hits

UPDATE: 3.48pm: 

ERGON Energy, the power company that supplies electricity to thousands of Gladstone homes and businesses, no longer has a power outage listed for Gladstone.

A whopping 1373 homes and businesses were left without power this afternoon after an electrical storm hit Gladstone.

Areas affected included Gladstone, Tannum Sands, South Gladstone, West Gladstone, Gladstone Central and Yarwun.

Police officers were evacuated after a lightning strike set off multiple alarms at Gladstone police station.

Area to Gladstone's south and west, including Bundaberg and Theodore, are still without power.  

An Ergon spokesman is yet to confirm if power has been fully restored. 

More to come

UPDATE: 2.02pm: 

A WHOPPING 1373 homes and businesses are without power across Gladstone and surrounding towns after a storm hit.

HAPPENING NOW | BREAKING: Gladstone police station evacuated, building searched

Ergon has issued an alert of an "unplanned" power outage for Gladstone, Tannum Sands, South Gladstone, West Gladstone, Gladstone Central, and Yarwun.

OUTAGE: Large parts of the city are without power after a storm hit.
OUTAGE: Large parts of the city are without power after a storm hit.

But Ergon technicians face a big, wet task, as they are not aware where the fault is.

"The loss of supply is due to damage requiring emergency repairs," Ergon's power outage trackers states.

"Fault finding is in progress."

The outage was a reported at about 1.30pm.

 

More to come

EARLIER: 

A MEAN-looking storm with loud thunder and heavy rain has drifted over Gladstone.  

Weather experts at the Bureau of Meteorology said Gladstone is at the centre of a big storm, but at this stage, there is nothing to suggest it will turn severe.

"There is potential though (of it turning severe)," Mr David said. "At this point in time there's nothing to show that they will be severe."

BoM were this morning farecasting a 50% chance of rain, which has eventuated.

INCOMING! BoM's radar shows a storm front headed for Gladstone.
INCOMING! BoM's radar shows a storm front headed for Gladstone. BOM

But Mr David said BoM isn't expecting a deluge as the storm is relatively "fast moving".

He said, however, there could be more storms and rain behind it.

More to come



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