STORM DAMAGE: Ergon Energy crews attended to power outages in the Wide Bay Burnett overnight.
STORM DAMAGE: Ergon Energy crews attended to power outages in the Wide Bay Burnett overnight. Brian Cassidy

The cause of last night's power outage

IF YOU found yourself without power last night you were not alone.

About 10,000 customers lost power for relatively short periods of time after a wave of powerful storms went through the Wide Bay Burnett and neighbouring regions late yesterday afternoon.

The areas worst affected included Bundaberg, which had more than 4000 customers off line at one point.

Ergon Energy said Gayndah, Biggenden and neighbouring areas also had in excess of 4000 customers without power at the peak of the storm.

A car accident during the stormy weather also caused 1200 customers to lose supply in Urangan and required a pole to be replaced.

"Our crews began restoring power promptly across affected areas once the storms eased and fortunately most outages were addressed through reclosing circuit breakers which were tripped during the storm activity,” an Ergon Energy spokesperson said.

By 10pm, fewer than 3000 customers in affected areas remained without power.

By midnight there were fewer than 400 customers still without power in affected areas.

"Some of those will have had damage to their homes or to their local network preventing reconnection,” the spokesperson said.

As of 9.45am this morning, 15 remain without power in the North Burnett region.


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