The worst is over, say forecasters
Storms belt Stanthorpe
CROPS and homes were left largely unscathed after pounding storms hit earlier in the week.
Trees were toppled, trampolines and shed roofs lost as storms lashed the Granite Belt on Monday night but weather experts suggest we’ve passed the worst of it for now.
SES Stanthorpe and Ergon workers toiled through the night removing trees across roads and restoring power to roughly 5000 homes.
Adam Blazak, from the Bureau of Meteorology, said it was a combination of weather events that brought on the raging winds and heavy downpours.
“We had a surface trough with lots of cold air in the upper atmosphere that made conditions unstable,” Mr Blazak said.
“The good news was we got more rain without the super-damaging stuff.”
Mr Blazak said parts of northern NSW copped the worst of it and he estimated there was 10–25mm of rainfall in the Granite Belt with closer to 35mm around the Border Ranges.
It followed heavy falls on Sunday evening where varied reports suggest rainfall up to 50mm in parts of Stanthorpe and surrounds.
The bureau predicts a south-easterly change will bring cooler conditions for the remainder of this week.
Rod Rehbein, from Ergon Energy, said Stanthorpe’s outer suburbs were impacted by the storm first.
“About 550 customers in Amiens, Broadwater, Greenlands and Spring Creek were affected from 2pm due to a blown lightning arrestor,” Mr Rehbein said.
“Roughly 1600 customers in Ballandean, Glen Aplin, Severnlea and nearby communities had their power supply interrupted at 6.30pm due to fallen power lines.
“Supply was reinstated to all customers at 9.46pm after the damaged section of the network was isolated.”
Those same residents were impacted a second time with lightning wreaking havoc on electrical equipment.
“About 1300 of these customers were affected again just before 10pm due to lightning damage to pole top equipment that resulted in some customers reporting a brown-out,” Mr Rehbein said.
“Power was restored to most customers just after midnight and the repairs were completed fully at 1.39am.”
Fallen trees placed Stanthorpe into darkness.
“About 1700 customers in Stanthorpe and Liston had their power supply interrupted at 6.30pm when a tree damaged a cross-arm and brought down power lines,” he said.
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