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Brisbane weather warnings :Hundreds without electricity after damaging winds rip through south-east Queensland

Hundreds of residents across Brisbane, Logan and the Lockyer Valley are without electricity after severe thunderstorms tracked across the south-east coast on Friday.

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The bureau issued a warning at 11.14am for people in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Logan, Somerset, Southern Downs, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council areas.

The storms had formed and single band and were tracking off the south-east coast.The storms had formed and single band and were tracking off the south-east coast. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology.From 11am, 21,500 lightning strikes were recorded across the region, an Energex spokesman said.

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About 18 overhead lines were damaged in wind gusts that reached 80 kilometres an hour, leaving more than 900 Logan residents without power.It is understood once the storms head off the coast Energex crews will respond to the damaged powerlines.The storms tracked across Brisbane, heading east, and were expected to hit Redcliffe, Beachmere and Bribie Island by 2pm and Caloundra by 2.25pm.The bureau said damaging winds and large hailstones were likely and residents were urged to move cars under cover, secure outdoor items and seek shelter.Wind gusts of 81 kilometres an hour were recorded at Beaudesert.

An update was expected at 2.25pm.

A general thunderstorm warning was also issued for the south-east coast and parts of the Wide Bay, Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

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