Thunderstorm clouds roll in Maryborough’s CBD yesterday.
Thunderstorm clouds roll in Maryborough’s CBD yesterday.

Storm cells hit Coast last night

FRASER Coasters were battening down the hatches last night after a severe weather warning was issued for the region.

The 3.30pm warning forecast severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and damaging winds for Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Island, Cooloola, Biggenden and west as far as Eidsvold.

By 6pm the heavens opened on a blustery and thundery Maryborough.

The cell had earlier swept over Tiaro and at the time of print last night was headed for Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.

Earlier yesterday the cell gave south-east Queenslanders an electric light show shooting down 1600 lightning strikes and bringing down powerlines.

An Energex spokeswoman said more than 3000 customers were left without electricity but crews were working to restore power.

“We have had a couple of explosions reported, which usually means lightning has struck somewhere,” the spokeswoman said.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts showers and storms on the Coast today.



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