COLD SNAP: Blackwater suffered through hail, strong winds and heavy downpours on Tuesday night.
COLD SNAP: Blackwater suffered through hail, strong winds and heavy downpours on Tuesday night. Meghan Kidd

Wild storm hits CQ region

RAIN bucketed down in parts of the Central Highlands this week as the region was clouded in storms.

Emerald might have missed the thunder and lightning show, and even a drop from the downpours, but Blackwater residents battened down the hatches on Tuesday evening when a storm tore through.

Power was cut to parts of the town and reports of powerlines hanging and trees snapping flooded social media feeds, along with images of hailstones the size of 20 cent pieces.

Up to 100mm of rain fell in two days, causing rivers in the area to swell.

Council and Ergon Energy workers could be seen assessing and repairing flood damage.

More than 1600 Ergon customers were affected in the region, with loss of power supply to Duaringa, Comet, Blackwater, Capella, Middlemount, Dingo, Rolleston, Emerald and Bluff due to storm damage.

Weatherzone forecaster Brett Dutschky said the swell of storms was expected to ease today.

"The next best chance of getting a shower or thunderstorm is early next week," he said.

"There is a chance of a new storm being fairly intense, but we're not likely to have many days of showers and thunderstorms."

Mr Dutschky said the wild weather in Blackwater on Tuesday was caused by a low pressure trough.

"There was cold air in the upper atmosphere and that increased the risk of getting hail and those gusty winds," he said.

"That colder air has now moved off the east coast."


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