Gusty winds: 2100 without power

Published 9:16am 31 May 2022

Gusty winds: 2100 without power
Words by Jodie Powell

More than 2000 properties across the Moreton Bay Region are without power as Energex crews work to repair powerlines damaged by strong winds overnight.

Energex spokesman Justin Coomber says flying branches and fallen trees have brought down lines across the region.

Cashmere is the worst effected suburb, with about 550 customers losing power, followed by Highvale with 340, Mount Nebo and Mount Samsonvale with about 200 each and Samford Valley with 120.

Prevent projectiles

Justin says with more gusty wind forecast for today it’s important that people do their best to secure property that could fly into powerlines.

“When we have winds this high, we ask people to make sure they secure loose items that might become projectiles,” he says.

“Even if people can get out there safely and do so today, that would help.

“It’s obvious that trees are an issue after all this wet weather we have had – it doesn’t take a lot of wind for some trees to come down.”

Safety first

Justin says it’s important for people to keep safety in mind, with fallen powerlines often obscured by fallen trees or branches.

People can report trees and branches that have fallen on powerlines on 13 1962.

Moreton Bay SES controller Sean Harrop says crews only received three calls for assistance overnight, all for trees that had fallen into buildings.

"We ask people to not park cars under trees, secure loose objects and to be prepared for more strong winds,” Sean says.

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