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Man killed, 3 hurt as wild weather strikes

A MAN has died and at least three others injured when wild storms lashed the Fraser Coast on Friday night, with two people hit by lightning and 39,000 homes left without power.

The 55-year-old man was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a falling tree at the Beach Front Caravan Park in Scarness.

Paramedics were called to the caravan park just before 7.30pm.

Ambulance officers performed CPR on the scene before transporting him to Hervey Bay Hospital.

He was later declared dead.

A woman, believed to be in her 70s, was struck by lightning on the Charlton Esplanade in Scarness near the pharmacy.

She was conscious and talking to paramedics at the time the Chronicle went to print.

A 46-year-old man was also struck by lightning in Urangan about 8.30pm.

He was in drifting in and out of consciousness when paramedics attended to him.

Another man was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a falling ladder in Aldershot.

The storms also caused extensive damage throughout the region with more than 39,000 buildings losing power across the Fraser Coast, including 27,000 in Hervey Bay.

The Hervey Bay Hospital also lost power and it took about 30 seconds for generators to kick in.

A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman said no critical care patients were affected and regular working conditions were restored within three minutes.

Among the worst hit was a business on Main St, opposite Coles, which lost its roof in the strong winds.

The damage was strong enough to bring down powerlines in the area about 7.30pm.

Greg Lastron saw the entire roof get lifted off the building.

"The piece of roof just come off the building and went straight across the road and a group of people pulled it off the road to make it clear for traffic," he said.

Emergency services were working to make the area safe.

A person was also trapped in a car on Torquay Tce after powerlines fell across the vehicle about 7pm.

It took emergency crews about 15 minutes to restore power.

State Emergency Services and firefighter crews were called to a number of instances with the worst hit area Torquay.

Details of the most extensive damage were still coming in when the Chronicle went to print.

Trees and powerlines have fallen in a number of places around the area including in a number of places across the Esplanade.

Topics:  blackouts fatality injuries wildweather



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